Letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

Letter

By:  Rodney Alexander Jack Kingston Andy Harris
Date: May 15, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

We write with great concern over the reports of impropriety concerning solicitations of donations for a nonprofit that is assisting in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Recent media reports have indicated that you, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, have solicited donations over the last three months from health industry executives to assist in the implementation of PPACA. Subsequent statements made by HHS staff have offered conflicting information regarding who was solicited.

As described by the Department of Justice, federal regulations only permit solicitations by federal department officials "if you do not solicit funds from a subordinate or from someone who has or seeks business with the Department, and you do not use your official title." In addition, it appears that a great conflict exists in soliciting funds for this purpose. Your actions, as described in recent reports, appear to violate these regulations.

To clarify the actions that were taken by you and ensure that no wrongdoing occurred, we request the following information:

* A list of all of the individuals from whom you have solicited donations;

* A list of any Department of Health and Human Services employees who assisted in any way in the solicitation of donations;

* A justification on why your actions do not violate federal regulations; and

* Information on any interactions the companies of the individuals you have spoken to have previously had or will have before the Department of Health and Human Services.

We look forward to your timely response.

Sincerely,

Jack Kingston
Chairman
Subcommittee on Labor,
Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies

Rodney Alexander
Vice Chair
Subcommittee on Labor,
Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies

Andy Harris, M.D.
Member
Subcommittee on Labor,
Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies