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HHS Asking Businesses For Donations To Promote Reform Law


  09:31:26 pm, by MedBen5   , 172 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, Health Plan Management

HHS Asking Businesses For Donations To Promote Reform Law

Following a refusal by Congress to provide extra funding to set up the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has turned to the private sector for help.

The Washington Post reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has contacted health industry executives, community organizations and church groups to ask that they contribute financing to nonprofit groups that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law.

While an HHS spokesperson said it is perfectly legal to solicit donations in this manner, some Senate Republican feel differently: “I will be seeking more information from the Administration about these actions to help better understand whether there are conflicts of interest and if it violated federal law,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement.

A New York Times article on the funding requests notes that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is expected to contribute as much as $10 million, while tax preparation service H&R Block is expected to make a donation of about $500,000, according to administration officials.

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