U.S. health insurers and self-insured health plans are supposed to start paying a new federal research fee July 31.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Fee will cost $1 per covered life for plan years that end before Oct. 1, 2013.

The fee will jump to $2 per life for plan years ending from Oct. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014. After 2014, PCORI fee amount will rise along with national per-capita health spending, according to Carrie Herrick and Carolyn Daniels of Bryan Cave, a law firm.

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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.