by German Lopez
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United Way argues inadequate health care hurts economic mobility
In results that will likely surprise no one, the 2013 Ohio
Health Issues Poll found that higher-income Ohio adults reported better
health than those with lower incomes.
In 2013, 59 percent of Ohio adults above 138 percent of
the federal poverty level, or roughly $15,856 for a single-person
household, reported “excellent” or “very good” health, compared to only
26 percent of those below 100 percent of the federal poverty level, or
about $11,490 for a single-person household.
For those at the bottom of the income pool, the results
fluctuate from year to year. In 2012, 36 percent of those below 100
percent of the federal poverty level reported “excellent” or “very good”
health. Only 21 percent reported similar results in 2011.
The poll led Ross Meyer, vice president of community
impact for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, to ask in a statement, “Do
healthy people make more money because they can work more days or at
better jobs? Or are people who make more money healthier because they
have resources to preserve and improve their health?”
As part of its “Bold Goals for Our Region” initiative, the
United Way intends to get at least 70 percent of the community to
report “excellent” or “very good” health by 2020. About 53 percent of
adults in southwest Ohio currently report such health, according to the
Ohio Health Issues Poll.
The poll was conducted between May 19 and June 2 through
phone interviews with 868 adults around the state. The poll had a margin
of error of 3.3 percent. It was conducted by the University of
Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research for the Health Foundation of
The poll previously found more than 1.25 million Ohioans lack health insurance, which the Health Foundation is using as more evidence Ohio should pursue the Medicaid expansion.
Under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the federal
government is asking states to expand Medicaid to include anyone at or
below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. In return, the federal
government will pay for the entire expansion for the first three years
then wind down its payments to 90 percent of the expansion’s total cost.
That’s much higher than current levels; the federal government today pays for
about 60 percent of Ohio’s Medicaid costs.
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio previously found the the Medicaid expansion would save Ohio $1.8 billion and insure nearly half a million Ohioans in the next decade.
In separately reported results, the same Ohio Health Issues Poll found 63 percent of Ohioans support the expansion.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A poll analysis released July 22 suggests
more than 1.25 million Ohioans between the ages of 18 and 65 are
uninsured, representing about 17 percent of the state’s working-age