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Ohio prepping for health marketplace navigators
Federal health care marketplace opens Oct. 1
Story by LEWIS WALLACE


 
In The Region:
The federal health care Marketplace is set to open in just a couple weeks, on Oct. 1. And Ohio organizations are scrambling to prepare and train navigators to guide people through the system. From member station WYSO, Lewis Wallace reports.
“We’re looking at somewhere between 30 and 40 navigators," says Jason Elchert with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

The group got a federal grant to train navigators across the state. But right now, the number of certified navigators it has is zero. And the group is facing a mountain of paperwork: separate federal and state certifications, and a request from House Republicans in Washington for extensive documentation of the navigator program.

Elchert says the real challenge, though, will be actually reaching the uninsured.“You know we’re looking at 1.5 to 1.6 million Ohioans. How do we hit all those people to the best of our abilities?”

The Foodbank Association is planning to hold hundreds of public meetings across the state in the coming months. Private insurers, hospitals and other community groups will also hold events.
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