Capsules: Obama: 'We're Pushing Very Hard' To Meet Health Law Deadlines; A Shorter Exchange Application. But Is It Simpler?; Aetna Cuts Predictions For Obamacare Enrollment

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on comments made during Tuesday's press conference by President Barack Obama about the health law: "President Barack Obama said … he expected some 'glitches and bumps' in the road to full implementation of his health care law. 'That's pretty much true of every government program that's ever been set up,' Obama said. 'We've got a great team in place, we are pushing very hard to make sure that we're hitting all the deadlines and the benchmarks'" (Carey, 4/30).

In addition, Jenny Gold reports on the latest version of the application for health insurance for the health law's new online marketplaces: "Consumer advocates have been complaining for months that the Obama administration's 21-page application to sign up for health insurance in the exchanges is too long and complicated. The designers of the application estimated it would take 45 minutes to complete. The administration heeded the advocates’ pleas with the introduction Tuesday of a modified application of just 3 pages for individuals who are not offered health coverage from their employer" (Gold, 4/30).

Also on Capsules, Jay Hancock reports on Aetna's predictions for health law enrollment: "In a new sign that implementing the health law could take longer than expected, insurer Aetna said Tuesday it lowered the number of medical policies it expects to sell through online marketplaces that open for business in October" (Hancock, 4/30). Check out what else is on the blog.

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