Seema Verma: October 15, 2018

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 7: 

HAVE YOU REVIEWED YOUR MEDICARE PLAN? 

 

Seema Verma

Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

If you have a Medicare health or prescription drug plan, you only have until the end of Open Enrollment, December 7, to make changes to your 2019 plan. Even if you are happy with your current Medicare coverage, you might find something better. Every year Medicare health plans change in cost, coverage, and participating providers. In fact, the projected 2019 average basic monthly premium for a Part D prescription drug plan is at the lowest rate since 2012! If you miss the Open Enrollment deadline, most people will have to wait a full year before they can make changes to their plans.

Seema Verma, spokesperson 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 Medicare Open Enrollment period.

 

Medicare Open Enrollment began on Monday, October 15 and ends at midnight on Saturday, December 7.

 

MORE ABOUT SEEMA VERMA:

 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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