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Sebelius OKs Foundation Subsidies for QHP Enrollee Premiums
Health Leaders Media

Hospital officials hoping to route financial subsidies to patients struggling with health insurance exchange plan premiums sighed with relief Thursday after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter it’s okay for them to do so, if they follow certain protocols.

But the funds must be transferred to patients through private, not-for-profit foundations, and only for patients selected for their “financial status,” not for their health status. Sebelius further said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services “would expect that premium and any cost sharing payments cover the entire policy year.”