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LETTER: Hospital heads call for Verma confirmation

March 4, 2017

Regardless of political interests, we all can agree that this is a critical time for health care in America. Health costs continue to rise and patients face growing uncertainty with regards to coverage. All the while, the health of too many Americans continues to decline.

Congress and the newly elected president face intense pressure to address this health care challenge, and the stakes are high. As leaders of central Indiana’s largest health care systems, we are confident these challenges can be met head on by Indiana’s own Seema Verma, President Trump’s nominee for administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

As one of the nation’s foremost health care innovators, she has a track record of addressing our greatest challenges in health care, forging solutions that bring together patients, providers, and good policy.

In Indiana, we have worked with Ms. Verma to design a Medicaid expansion program that extended health coverage to nearly 400,000 low-income, working Hoosiers. It empowered people to take greater responsibility for their health by providing incentives to use resources efficiently. Now, this innovative program has become a national model for other states.

We believe Ms. Verma is especially qualified to lead CMS and modernize its programs to increase the effectiveness of health care delivery. She brings the experience and, importantly, bipartisan solutions that unite people across the political spectrum in addressing some of the greatest challenges in health care. She has a keen understanding of patients’ needs.

The American people deserve high-quality, affordable care. As a nation, we must get our health costs under control while finding better ways to keep people healthy and encourage them to be active participants in their own care.

We’ve seen firsthand Ms. Verma’s ability to craft innovative ways to ensure access to care for vulnerable Hoosiers. She most certainly has the expertise to create a health care model this country needs and improve the lives of the 100 million Americans covered by Medicare and Medicaid. At a time when the health care challenges we face are real and complex, our nation deserves leaders such as Ms. Verma who have demonstrated the ability to deliver results.
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Bryan Mills, president and CEO
Community Health Network

 Lisa E. Harris, CEO
Eskenazi Health

 Kevin D. Leahy, president & CEO
Franciscan Alliance

Matthew Gutwein, president & CEO
Health & Hospital Corp.

Dennis Murphy, president & CEO
Indiana University Health

Jonathan Nalli, CEO
St. Vincent Indiana

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