Groups to get $2.6 million from feds to help Ohioans enroll in health insurance marketplace

Associated Press

The federal government is awarding more than $2.6 million in grants to organizations that will help enroll Ohioans in the federal health insurance marketplace.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that those receiving the funding are the Midwest Asian Health Association, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and HRS/Erase, Inc.

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The food bank organization will get close to $2.2 million to provide outreach and help to consumers. The group also received most of the state's grant money from the federal agency last year to walk residents through the process of signing up for health plans.

Federal officials announced $60 million in so-called "navigator" grant awards to 90 organizations across the country.

Ohio is one of 36 states using the federal website, HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment starts Nov. 15.