- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More than 200,000 Ohioans have signed up for health coverage so far through the federal insurance marketplace, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

Open enrollment under President Barack Obama’s health law ends Feb. 15. Those who do not sign up before then may have to wait until next year to get coverage.

Federal officials said at least 202,379 Ohio residents had selected health plans or were automatically re-enrolled in coverage as of last Friday. Nearly 7.5 million people have picked health plans in the 37 states where the federal government is running the insurance markets.

The agency said that 84 percent of Ohioans signing up in the first two months of open enrollment were eligible for financial help.

The government on Wednesday also released enrollment figures for several of the state’s major metro areas showing those who have enrolled or re-enrolled including: 41,837 consumers in the Cleveland-Elyria area; 32,827 consumers in the Columbus area; 32,453 consumers in the Cincinnati area; and 12,082 consumers in the Dayton area.

Supporters of the law plan to make their final push to sign up additional Ohioans during events scheduled in the days leading up to the enrollment deadline.

Consumers also can enroll over the phone, in person or online at HealthCare.gov.

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