Ohio prepares for federal health insurance market

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The office of Ohio’s director of insurance says the state has not yet received a completed application from professionals who intend to help people sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Consumers can get private health insurance, subsidized by the government, through the new market created by the law. Enrollment starts on Oct. 1, and coverage takes effect in January.

But Ohio has yet to certify any navigators — the professionals who will help people get enrolled.

A spokesman for Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who runs the state’s insurance department, on Tuesday clarified comments previously made by Taylor in which she said the agency was already reviewing one entity’s application for certified navigators.

Taylor, a Republican, has been one of the state’s most vocal critics of the law.

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