Ohio officials say they've received more than 17,000 applications from people seeking Medicaid health coverage through a new state website.
The online enrollment option became available Dec. 9 to eligible low-income families, along with individuals who fell under an expansion of the federal-state program for the poor and disabled. It wasn't clear how many online applications came from those newly eligible under the Medicaid extension.
A spokesman for the state's Medicaid department says the website has been working smoothly.
Today is the last day to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance if you want it to kick in by January 1, 2014, and while Healthcare.gov has gotten much easier to use, Ohio is still far short of its enrollment goals.
For Ohioans seeking to get insured under the federal health care law, October was homework month and November was for browsing plans.
Expect to see more action in December. That's what groups who are helping residents get covered say. They are bracing for more people to enroll before next year.
The head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says people typically have three to five meetings with the organization's counselors before they feel comfortable picking a health plan in the new marketplace.
Southwest Ohio businesses have a new health care option on the table: so-called “self-insurance” allows companies to cut out the middle man.
The South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce in Miamisburg has signed up to give its members access to a national self-insurance pool with hundreds of other businesses, which chamber director Julia Maxton says can save them money.
“It’s very clean, it’s very clear,” Maxton said. “It is something that they can understand.”