Butterfield Denounces Unwarranted and Abusive Investigation of Organizations Receiving Health Care Reform Navigator Grants
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his opening statement before a House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on the Affordable Care Act, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) denounced the actions of Committee Republicans that sent an unwarranted investigative letter to 51 community organizations that received Navigator grants to help uninsured Americans enroll in the healthcare exchange authorized under the new healthcare law.
“There has been no indication or evidence of any kind that any Navigator grantees have misappropriated or misused grant funds,” said Butterfield. “This is a gross abuse of the committee’s investigative authority and is just another way the Republican Majority is attempting to intimidate the public and derail the Affordable Care Act.”
With enrollment into the new healthcare Marketplaces set for October 1, thousands of organizations are preparing for the wave of people that will require guidance in obtaining health coverage and understanding their benefits. According to Butterfield, attempts by Navigators to meet the unreasonable requests made by Committee Republicans in the investigative letter will detract from their ability to be ready when the Marketplaces open next month.
“The Majority is distracting these recipients from their important work of readying for Open Season that begins on October 1st by diverting their limited resources to entertain its fishing expedition that will surely come back empty-handed,” said Butterfield.