Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Obama administration simplifies health care form

The first draft was as mind-numbing as a tax form. Tuesday the Obama administration unveiled simplified application forms for health insurance benefits coming next year under the federal health care overhaul.

The biggest change: a five-page short form that single people can fill out. That total includes a cover page with instructions, and an extra page to fill out if you want to designate someone to help you through the process.

But the application form for families still runs to 12 pages, although most households will not have to fill out each and every page.

The paperwork takes on added importance because Americans remain confused about what President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will mean for them.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday found that 4 in 10 are unaware it's the law of the land. 

Some think it's been repealed by Congress, but in fact, it's still on track.

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