Seven Republicans in Congress are asking about an article in which a reporter suggested the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services might be holding back on releasing health insurance exchange premium data.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and six colleagues have written in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that they believe HHS should provide "transparent pricing as soon as possible."

The lawmakers are asking for copies of all documents filed by carriers that want to participate in the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "federally facilitated exchanges" and "federal-state partnership 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.