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Sebelius defends fed exchange user fee

U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Insurers may be comfortable with the fees the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed charging the carriers that sell coverage through HHS-run Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchanges.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today during a hearing on the HHS budget organized by the House Appropriations health and human services subcommittee that she has not seen much reaction to the 3.5 percent exchange user fee that HHS has proposed.

"So far as I know, there's no litigation," Sebelius said.

Insurers that sell coverage through the exchanges should be willing to pay for the exchange slots, because the exchanges will be helping them bring in new customers, Sebelius said.

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