Researchers say health insurers paid brokers $8.3 billion in commissions and other compensation in 2013.

The 2013 compensation total was down 1.1 percent from the 2012 total, and down 4.6 percent from the 2011 total, according to a paper written by Michael McCue and Mark Hall and distributed by the Commonwealth Fund.

McCue is a health administration professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Hall is a professor at Wake Forest University.

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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.