Preparing for health insurance exchanges, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has developed a three-page health insurance application form for individuals, down from 21 pages. The application for families is cut by two-thirds, according to CMS.

A single application is all that is needed to apply for private plans offered on an exchange, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as tax credits to help pay the premiums. Consumers can apply online, by phone or a paper application, with the online form shortening during completion based on responses to questions. More information on the forms is available here.

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