State health exchanges run by feds may carry a fee for insurers

12/2/2012 | Bloomberg Businessweek

A proposed regulation would require health insurance companies to pay 3.5% of their premiums to the federal government if they sell plans in states that have chosen not to run a health insurance exchange. "Any new fees to pay for the administration of exchanges will add to the cost of coverage, and that is why the focus needs to be on reducing administrative costs, streamlining operations, and avoiding regulatory duplication that will add complexity and increase costs," Robert Zirkelbach of America's Health Insurance Plans wrote in an e-mail.

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