Former Congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price was confirmed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services on February 10. Secretary Price, an orthopedic surgeon, represented Georgia’s 6th District, located north of Atlanta, for 12 years. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, he wrote a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act called the Empowering Patients First Act of 2015. Price was also a member of a conservative Republican group called the Republican Study Committee. The group is separate from the House Freedom Caucus, of which Price was not a member, and they opposed his fiscal year 2017 budget resolution.
In March, Seema Verma was confirmed as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She previously served as a health care consultant and worked closely with Vice President Mike Pence during his tenure as the governor of Indiana. Verma is a proponent of applying private-sector strategies to public programs, such as establishing work requirements for Medicaid recipients and the use of Health Savings Accounts. She designed Indiana’s Medicaid program, which requires recipients to pay premiums as well as monetary incentives to encourage people to see their primary care provider rather than going to the emergency room.