Some public health insurance executives told Congress today that they wished they had worked more closely with insurance agents and brokers.

Scott Leitz, the interim chief executive officer at the state-based MNsure exchange in Minnesota, talked about producers when asked what his exchange might do differently in the future.

"We have certainly seen the importance of working with agents and brokers," Leitz said at a hearing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchange program organized by two House Oversight subcommittees. "They're in every community. They know the communities very well."

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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.