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Groups to get about $2 million to help Ohioans enroll in health coverage through marketplace


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal officials are awarding more than $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 funding are the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and HRS/Erase, Inc.

The food bank organization will get $2 million to help to consumers. The group also received most of the state's grant money from the federal agency last year to walk people through the process of signing up for health insurance. It's expected to focus on enrolling African Americans, Latinos and Asians.

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

Ohio is one of the states using the federal website, HealthCare.gov. Enrollment for 2016 plans starts Nov. 1.

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