Official under fire for oversight of Obamacare funds

A top Obamacare official, under fire from Republicans, said Tuesday his agency has recouped federal dollars from Maryland for its failed insurance marketplace and is currently trying to collect back money from three other states.

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, faced probing questions from Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee about whether the Obama administration is requiring states to pay back millions in federal dollars they used to build marketplaces that later failed.

Without naming all the states, Slavitt said that out of five of them that were unable to overcome major technological problems, CMS has collected money from one and is trying to get back money from three others. Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii have all switched to using the federal healthcare.gov website after their own flopped, while Maryland, Minnesota and Massachusetts have all faced major glitches in their marketplaces.

But GOP Chairman Tim Murphy, R-Pa., pressed Slavitt on the question, asking him whether states face any consequences for using federal money in ways that didn't result in successful outcomes.

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