Sometimes, reporters make a name for themselves by hanging out in bars — or maybe in caves — with government officials to ferret out riveting tales of corruption and bitter infighting.

For me, getting pretty good scoops on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has sometimes involved something as simple as opening the ZIP file containing a draft of some PPACA exchange enrollment form or another.

Obama administration officials have a habit of burying interesting PPACA information in plain sight on, say, page 100 of a draft of proposed regulations implementing Section Jillionty-Zillionty-Forty-Five of PPACA Section XYZPDQ.

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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.