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Children Without Health Insurance

According to census data analyzed by a national health care consumers advocacy group, slightly more than 8% of Ohio's children do not have health insurance. The report by Families USA finds that of those 245,000 children, the overwhelming majority - 85% of them - are from working families.

Mary Wachtel is the public policy director of Voices for Children of Greater Cleveland. She says the very poor are usually covered by Medicaid, and the greatest challenges are with families where parents are employed but can't afford coverage.

Mary Wachtel: We continue to see some challenges in the employer-based insurance market. We know this is one of the biggest costs for employers. That fewer employers are able to offer coverage, and because of the cost, fewer working families are able to buy the coverage.

In Ohio, children qualify for coverage if the family earns less than 200% of the federal poverty level - or $33,200 for a family of three. Dan Moulthrop, 90.3.