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Trump Health Pick Says Maternity Coverage Should Be Optional

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Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 02:03 PM

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 told the Senate Finance Committee 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 told Stabenow some women want maternity coverage and "some women might not choose that."

Republicans have criticized the law's requirement 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.

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