SHOT: CMS Administrator Seema Verma Spent Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars To “Get On A Good Footing” And Promote Personal Brand Early On In Trump Administration. [The Hill, 11/12/19]
CHASER: During Her First Year In Office, Verma:
- Cut the number of days people could sign up for coverage during open enrollment by half, from 90 days to 45 days.
- Slashed the outreach advertising budget for Open Enrollment by 90 percent, from $100 million to just $10 million – which resulted in as many as 1.1 million fewer people getting covered.
- Announced support for states imposing onerous work requirements and approved Kentucky’s worst-in-the-nation waiver the very next day.
LIME: CNBC: Rate Of Uninsured Americans Rises For The First Time Since Obamacare Took Effect In 2014. [CNBC, 9/10/19]
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