House Republicans subpoena HHS over Basic Health Program

Two House Republicans have made good on their threat to subpoena the Department of Health and Human Services to get more information about funding for the Affordable Care Act's Basic Health Program. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) have said that the Basic Health Program--which pays states to provide health coverage to low-income residents--is funded without congressional approval.

Brady and Upton argue that HHS has not cooperated with their request for more information about the program's funding. "Our good faith attempts to learn basic and targeted facts have been met with resistance every step of the way. The American public deserves answers now," they said in a statement. 

Upton and Brady have also subpoenaed the IRS and the secretary of the Treasury seeking information about payments to health insurers for the ACA's cost-sharing reductions. Announcement