The Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to pay WebMD for helping to carry out the “Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Care Priorities Educational Initiative” as part of a contract that extends through September of 2015.
According to the Free Beacon, the federal government has paid WebMD almost $14 million since contracting with the site in 2011 to show the public the good side of Obamacare. News of that agreement was made public last fall; but at the time, the contract was valued at only $4.8 million.
Crucial to the government’s enlistment of WebMD is its faith in the site as an “official” source of reliable health information. The Free Beacon quotes from the contract agreement:
“The goal of this task order is to encourage providers and consumers to turn to official information sources regarding the ACA and to create an accurate perception of the ACA among health care providers and consumers,” the document said.