Nov 9

Ignatian Scholars Speaker Series Continues

The Ignatian Scholars Speaker Series continued with the third speaker of the Semester on Friday, November 3, as Seema Verma, an Ignatian Scholar parent, spoke to the Ignatian Scholars about the healthcare industry.

Along with speaking about her unique and fortuitous path to becoming sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a member of the Trump Administration, Ms. Verma spoke to the scholars about the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance and the type of attributes one needs to become successful, regardless of career path. Ms. Verma emphasized the importance of: being a nice person who is kind to others; having a good work ethic; establishing friends and building social networks along the way; saying” yes” to opportunities that present themselves, and the value in serving one’s country, not to mention service to others. Scholars were impressed to see some of the photos showing Ms. Verma in the Oval office with President Trump and Vice President Pence, among others. It was an inspired talk, with Ignatian Scholars soaking in invaluable life and career advice from someone who has achieved the pinnacle of her profession. We want to thank Ms. Verma for taking the time out of her hectic schedule to come to Brebeuf and speak with the Ignatian Scholars.

Below is Ms. Verma’s official bio:

Ms. Seema Verma was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 14, 2017. She brings deep experience in healthcare policy, Medicaid, insurance, and public health to her role at CMS. Ms. Verma is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of their healthcare and ensuring they have access to the resources they need to make informed decisions.

For more than two decades, Ms. Verma has guided healthcare policy in the public and private sector. She has worked with states to build flexibility into their Medicaid programs to help them meet the diverse needs of their unique populations.  As the architect of the historic Healthy Indiana Plan, she helped create and implement the Nation’s first consumer-directed Medicaid program.

Continuing her efforts to improve health outcomes for all Americans, Ms. Verma is working toward a new era of state flexibility and local leadership at CMS. She aims to reduce burdensome regulations so doctors and providers can focus on providing high quality healthcare to patients. She also supports implementing innovative solutions that will improve healthcare quality, accessibility, and outcomes for states, while driving down costs.

Administrator Verma completed a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland. Previously she was the President, CEO, and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company.