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Has Tom Price paid back the money for the use of the pri­vate jet or does he have a dead­line to do that?

—Alice Lewis, Ma­ri­etta

Price wrote a per­sonal check to the U.S. Trea­sury for his travel be­fore he ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion on Sept. 29 as U.S. Health and Hu­man Ser­vices sec­re­tary. An HHS spokesman con­firmed on Oct. 6 that the pro­cess­ing of the pay­ment has been com­pleted.

In mid-Septem­ber, Politico re­ported that Price chose pri­vate char­ter flights over com­mer­cial do­mes­tic flights 24 times since May and that his wife had also ac­com­pa­nied him on sev­eral mil­i­tary flights abroad.

Me­dia out­lets re­ported he fre­quently used pri­vate and mil­i­tary planes for do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional travel while on HHS busi­ness, at an es­ti­mated com­bined tax­payer cost of more than $1 mil­lion.

Prior to his res­ig­na­tion, Price an­nounced he would re­im­burse the gov­ern­ment roughly $52,000 for the cost of his seat on the pri­vate do­mes­tic flights. Price’s spokes­woman told Politico at the time he had al­ready re­im­bursed the cost of his wife’s travel on the in­ter­na­tional flights.

In let­ters to act­ing Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Don Wright and Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steve Mnuchin, House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee’s rank­ing Demo­crat, Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings (D-Md.), re­quested proof last week of Price’s re­im­burse­ment to the gov­ern­ment by Oct. 6.

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