Joint Subcommittee Hearing to Examine Problems with ObamaCare State Exchanges

April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Top officials from six state health insurance exchanges will testify Thursday, April 3rd in a House Oversight and Government Reform joint subcommittee hearing entitled, “Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled State Exchanges.” This will be a joint hearing by the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, chaired by Rep. James Lankford (R-OK).

To date, the federal government has spent $4.7 billion of taxpayer funds to establish health insurance exchanges under ObamaCare, yet some state websites have experienced major functionality issues and low enrollment numbers.  The hearing will examine the failures of the state exchanges and the implications for taxpayers and consumers, as well an example of a state that has been able to navigate its exchange launch better.  The hearing will also examine concerns that these exchanges will not be financially sustainable into 2015, as required by law.  The six exchanges represented are California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon.

Hearing Details:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

“Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled State Exchanges”

Joint Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs, Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, Chairman James Lankford (R-OK)

10:00 a.m. in Rayburn 2154 and streaming online at oversight.house.gov.

Witnesses:

Mr. Tom Matsuda
Interim Executive Director
Hawaii Health Insurance Exchange

Joshua Sharfstein, M.D.
Chairman, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board
Maryland Health Insurance Exchange

Ms. Jean Yang
Executive Director
Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange

Mr. Scott Leitz
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange

Mr. Greg Van Pelt
Advisor to the Governor
Oregon Health Insurance Exchange

Mr. Peter Lee
Executive Director
California Health Insurance Exchange

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