The proposed budget asks for another $600 million to help run the federal marketplace, call centers and other outreach efforts. The Health and Human Services Department is not concerned about budget passage, however…if they don’t get the money they have already said they have the authority to transfer funds from existing accounts or tap the agency’s non recurring expense fund, which allows the agency to take money from expired accounts and use it for information technology and other capital investments. Of course, it is important that they spend money on the marketplace…since the budget also contains a reduction of $402 billion for Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs. The budget already requests $77.1 billion
The Exchange will work no matter the cost…so if you spend it they will come?
May 5, 2014