Groups prepare to help Oklahomans get health plans

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Organizations are hiring dozens of navigators to help Oklahomans learn about the new federal health care law.

Officials with organizations that have received federal grants say they are confident navigators will be ready by Oct. 1, when citizens can begin enrolling in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The Tulsa World reports navigators will be trained to help citizens shop for and enroll in health insurance plans, including how to use websites where they can compare plans, called exchanges.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last month it was awarding $67 million nationally for navigator training, including $1.6 million to three groups in the state.

Little Dixie Action Agency received $580,000. The nonprofit, which has a budget of about $25 million, coordinates anti-poverty programs.

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