(AP) _

Health care advocates are launching a campaign to help Nebraska residents get health insurance under the federal health care law.

A new group, "Enroll Nebraska,'' has formed to show residents how they can enroll through the new health insurance marketplace, which opens on October 1st.

Community health groups throughout the state have been hiring and training insurance "navigators,'' to help guide residents through the process. The marketplaces allow consumers to comparison shop for health insurance and see whether they qualify for federal subsidies.

State Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha says the marketplace will allow thousands of people to gain access to health care and get help to pay for coverage.

Health care groups plan to speak about the enrollment process this week in Scottsbluff, Grand Island and Lincoln.