Plain Writing

We’re committed to writing so you can understand

At the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), we’ve trained our employees and strengthened our oversight to make sure we use plain language in any document that:

  • Is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes
  • Provides information about any federal government benefit or service
  • Explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces

Read about our progress

  • 2013 Annual Plain Writing Report [PDF, 35KB]
  • 2012 Annual Plain Writing Report [PDF, 187KB]
  • CMS Plain Writing Act Compliance Report [PDF, 38KB]