Congressman Valadao Hosts CMS Administrator Verma for Health Care Roundtable
Today, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) hosted CMS Administrator Seema Verma in Coalinga, California for a hospital tour and roundtable discussion.COALINGA – Today, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) hosted CMS Administrator Seema Verma in Coalinga, California for a hospital tour and roundtable discussion.
During her visit, Seema Verma, Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), visited Coalinga Regional Medical Center for a tour of the facility, led by CEO and Administrator Sharon Spurgeon.
Following the tour, she joined Congressman Valadao and local health care providers, industry leaders, and patients for a conversation on the health care challenges facing rural regions of the nation, particularly, the Central Valley.
During the roundtable discussion, hospital administrators and medical professionals provided insight regarding the unique obstacles rural facilities face. Specifically, participants discussed Medicaid reimbursement rates, workforce shortages, and the need for additional support for teaching health centers. Patients from California’s Twenty First Congressional District shared their personal experiences accessing quality health care in the Central Valley.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.