The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has documents showing the HHS Office of General Counsel told Secretary Kathleen Sebelius she could ask private groups to support Enroll America.

One of the five organizations Sebelius called last year – the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – gave Enroll America $13 million after Sebelius called, according to John Dicken, a director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

But the foundation started giving money to create Enroll America in 2010, and representatives say the 2013 grants had nothing to do with the Sebelius call, Dicken says.

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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.