CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner said the adminstration is ensuring that the new excahnges are "fiscally sound." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The Obama administration is working on easing the operation of the new health insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid issued a proposed rule on the exchanges Friday that aims to provide clarifications, outline oversight of various premium assistance programs and give states more flexibility. 

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