America's Health Insurance Plans is among the latest set of organizations that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is questioning in what has become an expanded probe of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising efforts to help implement the 2010 healthcare reform law.
The committee's investigation, which began earlier this month, calls on the Government Accountability Office to conduct a thorough examination of HHS' activities to solicit funds for Enroll America, a private group that works to educate Americans about enrolling in healthcare coverage. In their letter to the GAO, the Energy and Commerce leaders contend that Sebelius' activities “show an apparent disregard for constitutional principles” and could violate federal law.
On Friday, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and other leaders in his panel sent letters to AHIP, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield asking whether Sebelius or any member of her staff had contacted the organizations about contributions to help implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The correspondence also asks the organizations to provide all information related to any meetings held at the White House about the Affordable Care Act.