Lawmakers Say O-Care Risk Corridor Payments ‘Unlawful’

Is there already a split between new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Congress?

Burwell was given a June 24th congressional deadline to list funding sources of Obamacare “risk corridors.” The corridors (Temporary Risk Corridors Program) were established under the Affordable Care Act transferring money from healthier, less costly patients, to those sicker and more expensive to insure. Ferdous Al-Faruque reveals in his report for The Hill on June 11, 2014, that risk corridors are being called into question again.

Also, according to The Hill, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) wrote to Burwell claiming while she has authority to oversee the risk corridors, nothing grants her funding powers. This raises another question. Is Matthews in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act? Sources for both Senators’ views and questions come from findings by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the government Accountability Office (GAO).

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