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HHS Nominee Wants Money Back From Failed Exchanges


Kate Black / OPB

During her confirmation hearing with the Senate Finance Committee last week, Health and Human Services nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, said she would use “the full extent of the law” to recover federal funds from states — like Oregon — where the state healthcare exchange failed.

Formerly the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Burwell is President Obama’s choice to follow Kathleen Sebelius who resigned after the rocky start of the federal exchange’s website. Burwell says she wants to learn what the failed states did wrong as well as what the successful states did correctly. She added that she is not yet familiar with each of the states’ contracts.

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