Federal officials: More than 234,500 Ohioans sign up for coverage under Obama's health law



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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal officials say more than 234,000 Ohioans picked or renewed health plans during the latest enrollment period of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Open enrollment to purchase private coverage in the federally run insurance marketplace ended Sunday. Some others may qualify for a special enrollment period if they lose other coverage, get married or have a baby.

Nationally, about 11.4 million signed up before the weekend deadline.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said Wednesday that 234,507 Ohio consumers selected health plans or were automatically re-enrolled for this year.

That figure includes 47,388 residents in the Cleveland area; 38,780 in the Columbus area; 37,639 in the Cincinnati area; and 14,518 in the Dayton area.

Roughly 155,000 Ohioans picked health plans during the law's first open enrollment period.

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