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GOP senator says Sebelius’ fundraising may violate federal law
Modern Healthcare

The ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Saturday said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may be violating federal law in her fundraising efforts to help implement the 2010 healthcare overhaul.

Recently Sebelius has asked businesses and charitable organizations to donate money to organizations that are helping to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but an HHS spokesman said in an e-mail the department has not solicited funds from entities that HHS regulates, such as hospitals, insurers and pharmaceutical companies. In a statement Saturday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Sebelius’s fundraising for private entities to help implement the law should stop immediately. He also said those efforts may be illegal and should be the subject of a congressional investigation.