Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at the White House in June. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Regarding the Nov. 8 news article “CMS director details plan for a ‘new era for Medicaid’ ”:

I want Seema Verma, the head of the Health and Human Services Department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to clarify her accusation that the Obama administration was guilty of “soft bigotry” by opposing work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Which population of Medicaid recipients did Ms. Verma think was the target of this “soft bigotry”?

According to the 2014 CMS Statistics report published by Health and Human Services, 51.3 percent of Medicaid-eligible Americans are under the age of 21, 39 percent are between 21 and 64 years old and the rest are 65 or older. More females are eligible than males. Forty percent of those eligible for Medicaid are non-Hispanic white; 22 percent are non-Hispanic black; 25 percent are Hispanic.

These statistics don’t begin to address those who are disabled, and the disabled are predominantly represented by end-stage renal disease patients and the elderly.  

So, unless I missed Ms. Verma’s implication here, I assume she was implying that many recipients of Medicaid are minorities, in which case she is guilty of plain old bigotry.

Elizabeth Kingery, Kensington