Ohio prepares for federal health insurance market

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's director of insurance says she's waiting like other Ohioans to see how people will 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.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor told reporters Tuesday that her insurance department is processing one entity's application. Three other organizations also have been awarded federal money to be navigators.

Ohio created additional regulations for navigators, including required background checks, training and certification.

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

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