Also in early October, the non-partisan research arm of Congress – the Congressional Research Service (CRS) – released a memorandum stating that HHS did not meet seven of 22 recent deadlines regarding the implementation of the new healthcare reform law. CRS based its analysis on information from official sources, such as agency websites and the Federal Register.

HHS quickly refuted the memorandum, stating that the various deadlines required by the healthcare reform law have been met, and stating that CRS’s research incorrectly reported the missed deadlines, such as one to establish a coverage gap discount in the Medicare prescription drug program.