U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) which has been investigating the CO-OP program for several months under Chairman Rob Portman, issued the following statement regarding his efforts to bring transparency and accountability to HHS’ handling of the systemic failures of the Affordable Care Act’s CO-OP program.

“After much delay and obfuscation, HHS has finally come to the table and provided my office access to new documents, financial reports, and additional information. This is simple: HHS gave $1.2 billion to 12 failed CO-OPs that forced families to find new health plans. From the beginning, we’ve asked how and why HHS made their decision to send that money out the door. Given HHS’ recent production of documents and their ensuing commitment to cooperate, I am lifting my hold on pending nominees. As a member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, I will continue working to ensure that taxpayers and victims receive the answers they deserve.”