Seema Verma: December 11, 2018



Seema Verma

Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


If you need to change your current health plan or find a new one, now is the time to go to or to update your information or select a new plan that best meets your needs. You only have until the end of December 15 to make changes to or select a new health plan during the Open Enrollment Period. Even if you are happy with your current health coverage, you might find something better during Marketplace Open Enrollment. Every year Marketplace health plans change in cost, coverage, and participating providers. In fact, for the very first time since started offering coverage, average premium rates for a benchmark silver plan in 2019 are going down across the 39 states that use the federal platform. In 2019, the average premium for benchmark silver plans will decrease by 1.5% across those states. Also, there will be 23 more issuers on the federal exchanges for 2019 than there were in 2018 and 29 issuers are expanding their service area into new counties.

If you miss the Marketplace Open Enrollment deadline, most people will have to wait a full year before they can make changes to their plans. Consumers have until December 15 to sign up for coverage that starts on January 1, 2019.

Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is available for live or recorded interviews to discuss everything your audience needs to know about the  Marketplace Open Enrollment.


Marketplace Open Enrollment ends December 15, 2018, for coverage starting on January 1, 2019.


As Administrator of CMS, Ms. Verma oversees one of the largest federal agencies that administers vital healthcare programs to over 100 million Americans. Before becoming CMS Administrator, she was the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company. For over 20 years, Ms. Verma has worked extensively on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health, working with Governor’s offices, State Medicaid agencies, State Health Departments, State Departments of Insurance, as well as the federal government, private companies and foundations.

Ms. Verma has extensive experience redesigning Medicaid programs in several states. Ms. Verma is the architect the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), the Nation’s first consumer-directed Medicaid program under Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Governor Pence’s HIP 2.0 waiver proposal. Ms. Verma has supported Indiana through development of the historic program since its inception in 2007, from development of the enabling legislation, negotiating the financing plan with the State’s hospital association, developing the federal waiver, supporting federal negotiations and leading the implementation of the program, including the operational design.

Ms. Verma received her Master’s degree in Public Health with concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland.


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