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Ohioans' understanding of their healthcare varies widely
Poll reveals that the poor, young and sick know less about what's covered by their health insurance plans

Anna Staver
The Ohio Health Insurance Poll found that about four in 10 adults age 18-29 reported knowing very little or nothing about what their health insurance covers, compared with two in 10 adults 65 and older.
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About one in four Ohioans know very little about what’s covered under their health care plans. And that number rises to one in two for those living below the poverty line. That’s according to the most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll.

Jennifer Chubinski is the director of community research at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. Her foundation’s been conducting health issues polls since 2005, but this was the first year it asked people how much they knew about their insurance coverage.

She says what surprised her most was that people who rated their health status as fair to poor were less likely to know about their health care coverage. 

Chubinski explains correlation between plan knowledge and health outcomes

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Chubinski says she plans a new survey next year that will explore further people’s perceptions of their health plans versus what is really covered.


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