Mar 2, 2017

Finance Committee approves Seema Verma for CMS chief

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The Senate Finance Committee approved Seema Verma's nomination as the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday. She still has to be confirmed by the full Senate. It was a party-line vote.

Before the vote , Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the committee, expressed concern over what he perceived as lack of clarity over her policy beliefs. "I think we're basically in the dark with respect to any sense of how Ms. Verma would pursue these issues, and you need that information to make judgments," Wyden said Wednesday.

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Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

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The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.