CMS had spent about $500 million on 60 PPACA exchange contracts as of February. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had already spent $499 million on public health insurance exchange technology contracts by February, and it had incurred obligations to spend a total of $1.4 billion on exchange IT contracts.

Investigators at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General gave CMS’ exchange IT spending totals in a newly released catalog of CMS exchange IT contracts. CMS is helping its parent, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, run the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges in 36 states, and it’s helping HHS oversee the state-based exchanges in 15 states and the District of Columbia. 

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