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Health
7:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Approximately 17,000 Ohioans Apply Online For Medicaid

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.

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Affordable Care Act
6:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

One Obamacare Deadline Down, A Bunch More To Go

CareSource offices in Dayton. CareSource is among 12 Ohio companies offering plans on the federal marketplace.
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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.

When WYSO talked to Maxine Johnson last month, she had tried six times to sign up for Obamacare. She finally got a plan after major fixes to the website went through in December.

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Health, Science & The Environment
5:13 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Montgomery County Sees A Spike In Medicaid Enrollment

Amy Sylvester is a Dayton resident who would have lost insurance without the Medicaid expansion. WYSO talked to her in October.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 The Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services reports uninsured people in the Dayton area are starting to take advantage of the newly expanded eligibility for Medicaid.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Groups Brace For More Ohioans Seeking Health Plans

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.

Affordable Care Act
5:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

“Self-Insurance” Allows Ohio Businesses New Flexibility in Health Plans

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.”

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