The Obama administration is looking at using a little-known fund to bypass Congress and pay insurance providers who are owed money under the Affordable Care Act, The Washington Post reports.

The Justice Department has told insurance companies suing the government it wants to settle the claims, and the Post reports that the money would likely come from the Judgment Fund set up in the 1950s to cover claims against the federal government.

The fund is given as much money as necessary to cover payouts to plaintiffs.

The non-partisan Government Accountability Office on Thursday criticized the White House for not paying out $5 billion owed to insurance companies over the high costs they incurred for providing coverage to seriously ill patients.