Article by Dena Bunis, AARP

“As administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Seema Verma plays one of the most important roles in deciding how more than 130 million Americans get health care. She directs the planning, coordination and implementation of Medicare, Medicaid and the health care exchanges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), programs that make up almost a third of the federal budget and provide care for some of America’s oldest, sickest and poorest people.

In an interview with AARP, Verma talked about her vision for Medicare and Medicaid, prescription drug prices and her views on the Affordable Care Act.

What is Medicare’s future?

What we want to do is make sure that the program is sustainable over the long term. That doesn’t mean that we’re trying to ration health care. We want to modernize it and make sure that patients have access to the latest technology and innovation.”

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