Ohio groups to hold sign-up events for health law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Groups across Ohio are offering help to residents looking to obtain or renew their health care coverage under President Barack Obama's signature health overhaul.

Saturday marked the beginning of open enrollment for 2015 coverage. Consumers have until Feb. 15 to choose their health plans.

Federal dollars are helping Ohio food banks and health centers hire navigators to walk people through the application process for subsidized private coverage on HealthCare.gov.

Assisters will be available this weekend at a downtown library in Columbus, a community agency in Cincinnati and a market in Dayton. Counselors in Cleveland plan a variety of sign-up events across the city as part of a “Rock Enroll” kickoff.

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