CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The 2011 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) found that among Ohio adults, 85 percent report having health insurance. However, their knowledge varies about what medical treatments are covered by their insurance. One in four (26 percent) report very little or no knowledge while nearly 4 in 10 report a lot (37 percent) of knowledge of which medical procedures their insurance covers. OHIP, conducted annually, identifies what residents think about health issues that affect communities, the state and the nation. OHIP is sponsored by The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.
Younger people are less likely to understand their insurance coverage. About 4 in 10 adults age 18-29 reported knowing very little or nothing about what their health insurance covers, compared with 2 in 10 adults 65 and older. Poorer people also are less likely to understand their insurance coverage. Nearly 5 of 10 adults living at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines reported knowing little or nothing about what their health insurance covers, compared with 2 of 10 adults living above 200 percent FPG. Finally, people who consider themselves in poor health are less likely to understand their insurance coverage. About 4 in 10 adults in fair or poor health reported knowing little or nothing about their health insurance coverage, compared with 2 of 10 adults in excellent or very good health.