Ohio And West Virginia Receive Funds From $60 Million Navigator Grants

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The federal government is awarding more than $2.6 million in grants to organizations that will help enroll Ohioans in the federal health insurance marketplace.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that those receiving the funding are the Midwest Asian Health Association, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and HRS/Erase, Inc.
The food bank organization will get close to $2.2 million to provide outreach and help to consumers. The group also received most of the state's grant money from the federal agency last year to walk residents through the process of signing up for health plans.
Ohio is one of 36 states using the federal website, Open enrollment starts Nov. 15.
In West Virginia, More than $600,000 in federal grant money is headed to West Virginia to help consumers navigate the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance marketplace.
The grants are intended for so-called navigators. Under President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law, navigators have helped consumers select coverage plans.
The West Virginia navigators are National Healthy Start Association, Advanced Patient Advocacy and Clay-Battelle Health Services Association.
Federal officials announced $60 million in so-called "navigator" grant awards to 90 organizations across the country.