Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

Contracts Awarded and Consultants Retained by Federal Departments and Agencies to Assist in Implementing the Act

GAO-11-797R: Published: Jul 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2011.

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA), contained provisions to increase access to health insurance coverage through: health insurance market reforms; an expansion of Medicaid eligibility; and the creation of health insurance exchanges to provide small employers and individuals access to coverage. In addition, PPACA contained provisions designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce expenditures, and provide incentives for preventive and primary care. To help implement PPACA, federal departments and agencies awarded contracts, including contracts for consulting services. Contractors and consultants perform a variety of tasks, including research, market reviews, actuarial support, logistics and technical support, data management, and information technology support. As required by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, this report provides information on contracts awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal departments and agencies related to authority provided by PPACA, including information on firms retained to facilitate contracting and consultants retained by HHS and other federal departments and agencies to assist in PPACA implementation.

This report provides information on contracts awarded (including to consultants) by HHS to help implement PPACA. We identified one consultant in our review retained by HHS's Assistant Secretary for Administration. This report provides similar information for contracts awarded by the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, and OPM, respectively. We did not find that the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, or OPM had retained any consultants. In addition, no firms were retained by HHS, the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, or OPM to facilitate contracting.

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