188K Ohioans enroll in health plans under Obama’s law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal officials say about 188,000 Ohioans have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law.

A report Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that roughly 158,000 of those who enrolled in the state — or about 84 percent — are getting tax subsidies to help with the cost.

The state’s numbers show a small drop from figures the department released in June. But enrollment shifts are to be expected as people cancel coverage or newly enroll as circumstances change.

Nationally, about 9.9 million people have enrolled in a plan and paid. That’s a slight dip from a previous count but on track toward the administration’s year-end goal of 9.1 million.

The numbers cover the period through June 30.

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