Health and Science

US agency to probe health exchanges

Source: Cover Oregon

The investigative arm of Congress has agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Cover Oregon website, which has yet to enroll a single person online without special assistance.

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The agency said due to similar requests from several members of Congress and congressional committees related to the rollout of online health care exchanges, it would broaden the investigation.

GAO spokesman Charles Young says just which states will be included with Oregon will be determined as the investigation goes forward.

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Republicans have been stepping up their attacks on troubled health exchanges during this election year.

—By The Associated Press