Columbus Dispatch: For a number of Ohioans, a job doesn’t mean health insurance

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Columbus Dispatch: For a number of Ohioans, a job doesn’t mean health insurance

According to a report out last week, four in 10 uninsured adults in Ohio are working full-time.

Let that sink in.

As Sherrod has said time and time again, we need to be expanding access to healthcare, not making the cost of coverage so high that our friends and neighbors can’t get the care they need—even though they’re collecting a paycheck.

Get the details, and show your support for Sherrod, who’s working every day to help all Ohioans get the healthcare they deserve.

Columbus Dispatch: For a number of Ohioans, a job doesn’t mean health insurance

Catherine Candisky – August 2, 2018

Key points:

  • Four in 10 uninsured adults in Ohio work full time, according to a report released Thursday by Policy Matters Ohio.

  • More than 60% of those without health coverage are employed, if those with part-time or seasonal jobs are included.

  • Employers often don’t offer health insurance to part-time or temporary employees, impose waiting periods for coverage, or require workers to contribute as much as 25% of their earnings toward insurance costs, making it unaffordable.

  • Of 11.4 million Ohioans, about 640,000 were uninsured in 2016, a decrease of almost half since Medicaid was expanded. About 5.8 million had employer-sponsored health coverage, and the rest had health insurance through tax-funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid or the publicly subsidized health-insurance marketplace.

  • While the number of Ohio businesses offering health benefits to employees dropped 8% between 1996 and 2016, the number of employees eligible for coverage fell 18%.

  • Meanwhile, the number of part-time workers grew from 16% in 1996 to 24% in 2016 and now is about a quarter of the workforce. In 1997, 20% of part-time workers were eligible for health insurance from their employer, compared with 14% in 2016.

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