Seema Verma is the President 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, 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 the development of the historic program, since its inception in 2007, development of the enabling legislation, the federal waiver, federal negotiations and leading the implementation of the program, including the operational design.

SVC and Ms. Verma have additionally developed the Iowa 1115 Medicaid waiver, the Ohio 1115 Medicaid waiver, assisted with the design of Tennessee’s coverage expansion proposal and also provided technical assistance to Michigan as they implemented their 1115 Medicaid waiver. Presently Ms. Verma is supporting Kentucky as they consider Medicaid transformation. Similar with Kentucky, additional projects include supporting Iowa’s Medicaid transition to managed care, as well as supporting Medicaid strategy efforts in Maine.

Ms. Verma served as the State of Indiana’s healthcare reform lead following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and has worked with multiple public health agencies and state insurance agencies as they prepared for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including interpreting and implementing regulatory changes and understanding the impact of the health exchanges on the state insurance markets.

Ms. Verma participated on the Republican Governor’s Public Policy Committee on Medicaid reform and contributed to the development of the report “A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovation and Accountable Future.” In addition, Ms. Verma has provided testimony to the Congressional House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and is also a graduate of the Lugar Series Excellence in Public Service.

Recent Posts by Seema Verma

Healthy Indiana 2.0 Is Challenging Medicaid Norms

The Healthy Indiana Plan was recognized as the most significant departure from traditional Medicaid ever approved by CMS, and ignited a national conversation about the implications of its consumer-driven design for able-bodied adults in Indiana and potentially other reform-minded states.

Indiana: Health Care Reform Amidst Colliding Values

In May 2007, Indiana enacted comprehensive health reform in the form of the Indiana Check-Up Plan and its centerpiece, the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). After intense negotiations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services granted Indiana the 1115b waiver required for the plan to go into...