Credit unions will be charged higher insurance premiums to cover the $6 billion cost of taking over U.S. Central Federal Credit Union and Western Corporate Federal Credit Union, the National Credit Union Administration said.

Michael E. Fryzel, the agency's chairman, said Monday that it may be able to ease the blow of an estimated 100-basis-point assessment on credit unions by getting the Treasury Department to "replenish" the industry's deposit insurance fund.

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