Ohio law prompts hospital to rescind health grant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cincinnati hospital says it can’t accept federal money to help sign people up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law because of new state restrictions.

A spokesman for Children’s Hospital Medical Center says it notified the Obama administration that it is ineligible for the roughly $124,000 grant to be a so-called navigator. The hospital had planned to enroll the uninsured through its inner-city location and two satellite offices.

A state law effective in July bars as navigators any organization that takes payments from insurers who have health plans in the new insurance market, or exchange. Open enrollment in the plans begins Oct. 1.

Hospital spokesman Terry Loftus says the hospital will continue to help patients with financial and insurance questions, despite losing out on the award.

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