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Ohio's uninsured rate drops to nearly 10 percent
Interact for Health says Obamacare and state Medicaid expansion had a big impact on insurance in the state
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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A survey by Interact for Health showed a significant drop in the percentage of unemployed people in Ohio.
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A new survey shows that Ohio’s uninsured rate has dropped substantially since last year.

Kate Keller of Interact for Health says the rate of people without health insurance in Ohio dropped six points to 11 percent, the lowest level since before the recession. She says the opening of the federal healthcare exchange and the push to enroll more Ohioans in Medicaid contributed to the drop.

Keller says she believes the numbers will only improve.

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"I expect this number to continue dropping as more people are aware of the options that are available to them," Keller says.

"So, as the next round of marketplace comes open, you now have sort of an extra year of awareness for people. You also have the issue of the tax penalty, so as the tax penalty kicks in for people who didn’t have insurance this year, we expect [for] a lot of people that will be the first time they’ve even really heard that they had to have insurance.”

Keller says one surprising finding was that only 10 percent of respondents said they got their new insurance because of the Affordable Healthcare Act. She says this might be because people do not associate the healthcare marketplace with the law or their employers began offering insurance due to the law.

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