TRUMP’S PICK FOR SENIOR HHS ROLE BELIEVES INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MATERNITY CARE SHOULD BE OPTIONAL

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.

Seema Verma is Donald Trump’s pick to lead the government’s major health insurance programs.

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.”

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