Census: Health Insurance Lagging In Ne Ohio

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (Ap) -- The U.S. Census Bureau says cities in northeast Ohio are being hit hard by a lack of health insurance coverage.

The data, released Monday, show that 22 percent of Cleveland's population under the age of 65 has no coverage compared with an average of 13.4 percent of Ohioans and 17 percent of people nationwide.

Cleveland's rate is also the highest among any large city in Ohio other than Canton, where nearly 24 percent of the population has no insurance.

Nationwide, the data showed that health coverage swung widely by region, based partly on levels of unemployment.

This was the first year the census bureau has released a breakdown of health insurance coverage by city and county.

The statistics are from surveys conducted in 2008, just months after the economic recession hit in December 2007.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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