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HHS Publishes Draft of "Exchange" Application

Posted on March 18th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a draft version of the individual application that will be used for public exchange enrollments starting on October 1, 2013. The application may be as long as 21 pages for some families.

Estimates indicate the online application process will take a minimum of 45 minutes to complete, and it could be even longer for individuals applying for coverage with dependents. Social Security Numbers, citizenship and residency status and employment and income verification are among the items that will need to be disclosed. A recent AP news article indicated the application process "could be as daunting as doing your taxes."

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking public comment on the proposed application guidelines. Public comments can be made by clicking here. Please utilize form number CMS-10440 when conducting your search.

Download a copy of the draft application >>

View a video demonstration of the online application process >>


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