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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius participates in a conference to discuss the Affordable Care Act at the Miami Dade College on Sept. 17, 2013 in Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress on the law’s rocky rollout “as early as next week.”

Ms. Sebelius’s staff had declined a request for her to testify at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing this Thursday, citing a schedule conflict. That decision was criticized last week by lawmakers who then called on the department to send other officials “voluntarily.”

HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said Monday that the agency was “in close communication with the committee and have expressed our desire to be responsive to their request. We fully intend for the Secretary and other HHS officials to testify before Congress as early as next week, as they have numerous times in the past, but nothing is confirmed at this time.” The development was first reported by Politico
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