(CNN) - The government has been cagey about revealing how much money has been spent to fix HealthCare.gov, but today officials revealed the overall price tag for the troubled Obamacare website has increased by $47 million.
In Washington jargon, it is called an “increase in the total amount obligated” rather than a price hike. But the end, result is the same.
An official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that oversees the site, could not immediately explain the reason for the additional cost. But the official confirmed the amount of money “obligated” by the Obama administration for IT costs has increased in the past month.
Here’s the math:
In October, CMS Spokeswoman Julie Bataille said the total obligated for IT costs associated with the federal marketplace was “in the neighborhood of about $630 million.” Speaking on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the number is now $677 million.
She also updated Congress on the amount the government has spent so far.
In testimony on October 30, Sebelius told members of Congress that her agency had spent, or “outlayed,” $174 million in IT costs developing the website where consumers can buy health insurance under Obamacare, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act.
On Wednesday, she testified the website had cost the government $319 million through the end of October.
A CMS official told CNN the cost increase was due to more recent numbers, rather than a drastic increase in IT spending. That official confirmed $18 million was “outlayed” in October for “marketplace, hub and supporting IT services.”
Sebelius told Congress on Wednesday that the $319 million already spent by her agency is part of $677 million that has been obligated to cover all IT costs associated with the federal insurance exchange.