RWJF contributed $13 million to the charitable organization following the phone call, although foundation officials indicated that there was no correlation between the two events. H&R Block did not contribute any money to Enroll America, according to the GAO report.
Sebelius sought nonfinancial assistance for Enroll America in phone calls to executives at three other entities—Ascension Health, Johnson & Johnson and Kaiser Permanente health plans and hospitals. Both Kaiser and Ascension made financial contributions to Enroll America, according to the GAO report, but not at the behest of Sebelius.
The report substantiates the HHS secretary's previous statements about her activities to support Enroll America. Earlier this month, Sebelius announced that she is resigning after more than five years in the Cabinet post.
Congressional Republicans have questioned the probity of Obama administration officials requesting assistance from entities that HHS regulates. The GAO report was requested by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, among others.
"The self-proclaimed 'most transparent administration in history' has been anything but transparent in implementing the president's healthcare law,” Upton said in a statement responding to the GAO report. “Despite every resistance from administration officials, my colleagues and I have always asked the difficult questions and held the administration accountable for the law's many broken promises.