Republican leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee have requested detailed information from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the agency's use of all money from the healthcare reform law's $1 billion health insurance reform implementation fund.
GOP lawmakers query IRS on reform-fund expenditures
In a letter (PDF) to IRS Commissioner David Shulman, Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Dr. Charles Boustany (R-La.), chairman of the full committee's subcommittee on oversight, wrote that the agency has received “tens of millions of dollars from this fund to implement parts of the healthcare overhaul,” and that this money will be used to fund IRS healthcare-related activities “above and beyond” the agency's fiscal 2012 request of $473.3 million for healthcare purposes.
Consequently, the legislators have given Shulman's office until May 12 to provide several pieces of documentation, including all IRS expenditure plans related to the fund, the total amounts the IRS has requested from HHS in 2010 and 2011, and all correspondence—including e-mail—between the IRS and the Office of Management and Budget regarding the Government Accountability Office's request for this information.
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