WASHINGTON (March 12, 2013)--Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama's health care reform law could pose as much as a challenge as a long-form tax return.
The government's draft application, which is now on the Internet, is 15 pages long for a three-person family and has 21 steps, some with additional questions.
Once the application is completed, at least three major federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service will scrutinize it to determine if the applicant qualifies for financial assistance.
And that’s just the first part of the process.
Applicants must also pick a health plan.
Some fear that consumers will be overwhelmed and give up.
Administration officials say the application form is being refined, but the draft belies the suggestion that applying for benefits and picking a plan could be as simple as Internet shopping.
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