ASCO Congratulates Seema Verma on Confirmation as CMS Administrator

Statement by ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO
For immediate release
March 13, 2017


Melissa Lee

“The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Seema Verma for her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Administrator Verma is now in a key position to lead the agency during the next phase of healthcare reform in the United States, and to help ensure that millions of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with cancer have access to high-quality oncology care.

“ASCO has previously called for Medicaid reform to ensure access to life-saving screening, treatment and prevention services for low-income Americans with cancer. We are, therefore, hopeful that Administrator Verma’s experience designing Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program will now benefit all Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries on the national stage.  

“We are looking forward to working with Administrator Verma and CMS to improve the care received by Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with cancer and to ensure access to affordable and necessary healthcare coverage for all Americans regardless of income or health status.”

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