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Health insurance enrollment lags in OH

The success of the Affordable Care Act depends on health insurance enrollment, but Ohio is among those states that have seen issues with signing residents up for insurance benefits.

According to Kaiser Health News, less than 10 percent of eligible Ohio residents have enrolled in health plans in the state through the federal insurance marketplace. Ohio is one of 10 states that Kaiser says are critical to the Obama administration reaching its enrollment goals. Kaiser reported many Ohio residents don’t realize the ACA is still in effect due to confusion created by lawmakers in the state. Negative comments on the healthcare reform law have led to a less-than-positive atmosphere in Ohio regarding the law.

“That negative environment has taken a toll,” Kathleen Gmeiner, project director for advocacy group Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, told Kaiser. “We run into people all the time who say, ‘I thought the law had been repealed,’ because all they hear is their congressman has voted for the 50th time to repeal the ACA.”

According to an article on, another barrier to signing up Ohio residents is a loophole in the ACA that does not allow families of same-sex couples to receive tax subsidies because Ohio does not recognize gay marriage. 

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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