Several local agencies are offering informational sessions and in-person enrollment assistance for people seeking health insurance coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace or the state-run Medicaid program.

Here are details:

• For information about applying for Medicaid coverage, visit Online applications will be accepted beginning Dec. 9. Summit County residents also can call the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services at 330-643-8200 for information or to request a paper version of the application form.

• Certified application counselors from AxessPointe Community Health Center will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 17 and 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Barberton Public Library, 602 W. Park Ave. Information also is available at or by calling 888-975-9188.

• AxessPointe and Summit County Public Health will have certified application counselors available to provide information and enrollment help from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 10 at the Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.

• AxessPointe and the Summit County Public Health will be distributing information and answering questions about new health-care options from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13-16 at the Metro RTA Downtown Transit Center, 631 S. Broadway, Akron.

• An Affordable Care Act information session will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library St. Featured speaker Annette Brodecky of AxessPointe will share information and answer questions about the new federal health-care law.

• Summit County Public Health, the county’s health department, also is offering appointments with certified application counselors by calling 330-926-5660.

• Public libraries throughout the county are providing contact forms to request to speak with a certified application counselor through Summit County Public Health or AxessPointe.

Cheryl Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or Follow Powell on Twitter at