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Lawmakers query Sebelius on reform, budget
Modern Healthcare

Delayed regulations, implementation costs of the healthcare reform law, and mandated contraception coverage in health plans were among the top issues Thursday at a congressional hearing featuring HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the sole witness.

Appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee to testify about the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 budget, Sebelius fielded a range of other questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the full Energy and Commerce Committee, asked the secretary why, for instance, Congress appropriated $1 billion to implement the healthcare law and the administration has requested another $1 billion in its most recent budget. Sebelius noted that the Congressional Budget Office in March 2010 estimated it would cost about $1 billion annually to implement the law.