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On the Hill: Congress Continues to Ask Questions About Healthcare.gov, ACA Rollout

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is circulating a letter this week to Senate colleagues asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate the problems with healthcare.gov and to report details on the website’s contractors and costs.

On Wednesday the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold Obamacare Implementation: The Rollout of HealthCare.gov. During this hearing, the committee will hear from four subpoenaed witnesses from HHS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Obama administration, and the GAO, who will discuss the operational challenges of healthcare.gov. Also on Wednesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on personal information security in healthcare.gov.

On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold Obamacare Implementation Problems: More than Just a Broken Website, which will review problems around insurance coverage, affordability, the Medicaid program, security, and privacy. The House Education and Workforce Committee will hold a hearing to review how the health law is affecting schools and universities, and the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology will examine the trade-offs of being self-insured.

On Friday, the House plans to vote on the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which would allow insurance plans existing on Jan. 1, 2013 to continue into 2014.

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