Maryland Health Benefit Exchange managers are starting to figure out how to use a new, temporary, $20 billion federal reinsurance program.

The exchange hopes to get $194 million in Transitional Reinsurance Program cash for 2014, and total of $390 million over three years.

Managers will divvy up the cash in the next few weeks, in time to help carriers build the reinsurance payments into their 2015 rate proposals.

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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.