The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires members of Congress and some of their staff members to get health coverage through the new PPACA exchange system.

Despite Republican opposition to PPACA, Republican lawmakers and their staffers have been showing up at exchange plan enrollment meetings, according to officials at the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has picked the Small Business Health Options Program at the district's DC Health Link exchange to help Congress use the exchange system.

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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.