Tuesday, March 12. 2013
Consumers who might have been hoping for a quick and easy signup process when they want to obtain health insurance from their state's exchange will likely find that their expectations are unlikely to be met.
The Obama administration recently released a draft of the application Americans will have to fill out when signing up for the health insurance marketplaces mandated by the Affordable Care Act, and it's currently 15 pages for a three-person family, including at least 21 steps, according to a report from the Associated Press. Once an application is turned in, it will then be examined by three federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, to verify identity, income and citizenship, though those applying online will be able to go through that process instantly.
"This lengthy draft application will take a considerable amount of time to fill out and will be difficult for many people to be able to complete," Ron Pollack, executive director of an advocacy group supporting the health care law, told the news agency. "It does not get you to the selection of a plan."
Experts have wondered how consumers would be able to sign up for exchanges, but there are still lingering concerns about whether they'll even be ready to go by the proposed October start date.
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