Number of uninsured Ohioans falls sharply
|By Randy Tucker, Dayton Daily News, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The uninsurance rate for
The approximately 800,000 adult Ohioans who still don't have health coverage "is the lowest level of uninsured adults ever measured by the poll," said
The sharp decline in the number of uninsured Ohioans corresponded with the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace and the expansion of
At least 10 percent of survey respondents with health coverage said they got insurance as a result of the health care law, which took effect at the beginning of the year and requires most people to buy health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
"The only major change that would account for the drop in the uninsurance rate from 17 percent to 11 percent is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act," said Interact for Health Vice President
Nationally, 17.3 percent of U.S. adults reported being without health insurance in 2013, according to a recent Gallup poll, which showed the rate had fallen to 13.4 percent in the second quarter this year.
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