The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight says "federal facilitated exchanges" will work about as closely with agents and brokers as the states will let them.

CCIIO officials talk about the relationship between the FFEs and agents in a new batch of exchange guidance.

CCIIO, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also has released a set of guidance aimed at states that are setting up their own exchanges.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.