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Lawmakers query Sebelius on exchange grants
Modern Healthcare

Two senior Republican senators who have been critical of the healthcare reform law want to know whether the Obama administration is insulating state grants for the law’s health insurance exchanges from the spending cuts that HHS must carry out under sequestration. The sweeping federal spending cuts in effect since March 1 would deplete HHS resources by $55 billion over 10 years. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah sent a letter to Sebelius asking her to explain how the exchange grants will be affected.