Mon, 10:55 pm: Locals in no rush to enroll in healthcare

COLUMBUS (AP) — Groups helping to enroll Ohioans in health insurance plans say they are seeing a steady flow of people who are looking for coverage that begins next year under the nation’s new health care law.

Monday had been the last day for residents to enroll in coverage that starts Jan. 1. But President Barack Obama’s administration effectively extended that deadline through Tuesday, by giving last-minute shoppers a one-day grace period in case of heavy demand on the government website,

Ohio is among the 36 states relying on the federal website, which had been plagued with technical problems when it debuted in October.

Access Health Mahoning Valley in Warren, a nonprofit agency that helps low-income, uninsured adults in Trumbull and Mahoning counties gain access to free medical care, said it helped about 30 people enroll Thursday through events at free health clinics in Warren and Youngstown. Most were eligible for Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled.

Read more about it in Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle.