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Plain Language at OMHA

What is Plain Language?

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." Plain language is a style of clear, concise writing that allows readers to: 

  • Quickly find what they need;
  • Understand what they read;
  • Use what they read to fulfill their needs the first time they read or hear it. 

How does the Act affect OMHA?

We, at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals are committed to writing documents that are easy to read and understand, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines. We encourage our employees to use the plain language guidelines in any document that: 

  • Is necessary for obtaining any of our benefits or filing taxes;
  • Provides information about any of our benefits or services; or
  • Explains how to comply with a requirement that we administer or enforce.

How can you help?

We need your help to comply with this Act. Let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website.

Our Plain Language Coordinator is Vinni Welch.  She may be contacted at Vinni.Welch@hhs.gov.