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AHA: Hospitals Can Pay Patients’ HIX Premiums
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The federal government has no legal authority to prohibit hospitals from paying their patients’ insurance exchange premiums to encourage their enrollment, despite a Nov. 4 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services statement implying that it does, according to a sharply worded legal advisory from the American Hospital Association.

What’s more, there is clearly no prohibition against hospital-affiliated charitable foundations, or unrelated charities, paying these premiums on behalf of patients, the AHA said Wednesday.