WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an alarming exchange today during a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee, President Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) refused to give U.S. Senator Bob Menendez straight answers on whether she supports equal access to health services for children on the autism spectrum, and if she planned to gut health care coverage for low-income Americans who gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price and Congressional Republicans have advocated transforming the guarantee of health care through Medicare and Medicaid into merely a possibility through voucher and block grant gimmicks. Seema Verma did nothing during her testimony to allay Americans’ fears of losing their health care coverage.