The Obama administration today unveiled its enrollment form for use with Obamacare health insurance marketplaces opening later this year. The Application for Health Coverage & Help Paying Costs (Short Form) is a three-page document that is easier to fill out than most private insurance enrollment forms and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
Earlier this month the Department of Health and Human Services got a lot of grief over a draft enrollment form that was 21 pages in length. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act said that showed how enrollment would be overly complicated. But most failed to note that the 21 pages included enrollment information for up to six people and that an average two-income family would be able to skip most of the steps. It also showed that the critics don’t know the meaning of the word “draft.”
The new five-step form is remarkably easy. Most people will be able to fill it out quickly by simply looking at their most recent income tax filings. People will also be encouraged to complete an online application as an alternative to paper.
Of course any program of this magnitude is likely to encounter a few bumps here and there that will be ironed out over the next year. But with the help of streamlined enrollment procedures, the Affordable Care Act is on track to delivery quality, affordable care to nearly 30 million Americans who now must live without health coverage.