Maryland's badly botched Obamacare exchange is being investigated by a federal watchdog in connection with its use of federal funds to build that marketplace, a congressman from the state said Monday.
The probe by the inspector general's office of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department was disclosed just days after the Government Accountability Office said it would conduct an audit of state-run Obamacare marketplaces, several of which have had serious technical problems despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants. In addition to Maryland, those exchanges include ones in Oregon, Hawaii and Massachusetts.
HHS' investigation specifically of Maryland's exchange came at the behest of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., an Affordable Care Act opponent and anesthesiologist.
"Maryland officials ignored early warning signs and chose to waste and abuse federal taxpayer money by opening up what they knew was a flawed exchange to the public," Harris said in a prepared statement Monday. "I have confidence that the nonpartisan and independent HHS Inspector General will thoroughly investigate and bring to light how hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted on one of the worst exchange roll-outs in the country."
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Harris on Feb. 12 had asked HHS' inspector general to probe Maryland Health Connection, the state's ACA marketplace, in a letter.