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02/16/2017 at 8:42 | Posted by John Shaffer
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Seema Verma, president and founder of SVC Inc., gets into an elevator as she arrives at Trump Tower, November 22, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the government’s major health insurance programs says maternity coverage should be optional for patients. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma tells the Senate Finance Committee that patients _ not the government _ should determine the insurance benefits they need. Verma was facing questions from Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow about the Obama-era health law. That law made maternity and newborn coverage a mandatory benefit for all health insurance plans. Verma tells Stabenow that some women want maternity coverage and “some women might not choose that.” Republicans have criticized the law’s requirement that insurers cover a standard set of “essential” benefits, including women’s health services. Verma would head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which also oversees the 2010 health law.