Ohio Lets Feds Run Health Insurance Exchange
Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 09:15 AM EDT
COLUMBUS (AP) -- A centerpiece of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act is set to be rolled out in Ohio and across the country.
Beginning Tuesday, Ohioans can start shopping for health care options under the new law that requires almost everyone to have health insurance.
Ohio is leaving it up to the federal government to run the state's health insurance exchange where people can buy coverage.
Health care providers and other organizations that serve the poor will be out promoting "Obamacare" to 1.5 million uninsured Ohioans.
But some groups in the state that received federal dollars to hire people to walk applicants through the process say it will be weeks before they're ready.
Consumers have until mid-December to sign up if they want coverage by the first of the year.
The state does have a website to answer questions and direct people to the federal program. Click here for a link.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)