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Blue Cross edict affects some HIV/AIDS enrollees

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana says next month it will stop allowing community groups to use money from a federal program for HIV/AIDS patients to enroll those patients in insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.

Blue Cross spokesman John Maginnis tells The Advocate that beginning March 1 the company will end third-party premium payments and only accept individual members' premium payments from the policyholder or an immediate family member/blood relative or legal guardian of the policyholder.

That stance goes against the most recent instructions from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS says its rules don't prevent use of "Ryan White Funds" to pay for health care plans.

CMS said Monday it's considering amending those rules to require issuers to accept those payments.

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