Groups get about $2M to help enroll Ohioans in health plans




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials are awarding nearly $2 million to organizations that will help enroll Ohioans in health coverage through the federal marketplace.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that those receiving the funds are the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and HRS/Erase, Inc.

The food bank association will get about $1.7 million to help sign people up. The group will walk people through the process of enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance. It's expected to focus its outreach efforts on consumers in rural or underserved communities, along with vulnerable populations.

HRS/Erase was awarded about $274,000 and is expected to focus on minorities and uninsured people.

Ohio is one of the states using the federal website, HealthCare.gov. Enrollment for 2017 plans starts Nov. 1.
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