Exchange builders in the District of Columbia are dealing with one of the nuts-and-bolts questions facing organizers of public and private insurance exchanges throughout the United States: How to let the customers pay their premiums.

Members of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve a resolution calling for the district's DC Health Link exchange to accept credit cards and debit card payments from individual market customers.

DC Health Link wouldn't charge customers any extra fees for paying with plastic and would treat card-related fees as general operating costs.

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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.