Dafters of PPACA included the industry fee in an effort to cover part of the cost of PPACA coverage expansion provisions.
Government hopes 254,095 health insurance agents and brokers will sign up to work with the new federal health insurance exchange system.
National poll shows Republicans generally report having an easier time paying for life's necessities than do Democrats. Independents report the most trouble.
Feds require determination of whether residents seeking Medicaid nursing home benefits really are poor enough to qualify.
Testimony comes at House hearing on impact of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.