Ohio's unemployment rate is more than 7% right now. Health care advocates say as the unemployment rate increases, so do the number of people without health care coverage. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, Ron Pollack of Families USA explains why unemployed people often end up uninsured even if they are eligible to continue their health benefits for a limited period of time.
Pollack says his group is, in the short term, trying to convince the federal government to allow unemployed people to get medicaid coverage. In the long term, he says some sort of universal health care plan will be needed to help unemployed Ohioans.