Whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges will work was one of the questions that kept coming up Wednesday at a hearing on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.

Fiscal year 2014 will start Oct. 1.

Senate Finance subcommittee and two House subcommittees — one part of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the other part of the Ways and Means Committee – have called HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Capitol Hill in the past two weeks.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. 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 at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.