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Ohio communities to urge sign-ups under health law

Associated Press • Mar 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

By March 31, almost everyone in the United States is required to be signed up for health insurance or risk paying a fine under the health overhaul.

The leader of Ohio’s largest county said residents will have the chance this month to enroll at county facilities that include the probate court and justice center.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said those seeking coverage can meet with people trained in navigating the federal insurance marketplace.

In Columbus, Mayor Michael Coleman said the city will partner with the nonprofit Enroll America to help spread the word.

More than 1.5 million Ohio residents, or about 14 percent, lack insurance.

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