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Health insurance linked to education level

Posted On Fri, July 30, 2010

Having a college degree may be the key to having health insurance. A study released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that education was an indicator for health insurance coverage.

Researchers reviewed data culled from the 2007 California Health Interview Survey to derive the findings.

The research shows 11 percent of college-educated females lacked health insurance, compared to 42 percent of those without a high school diploma.

Women's health expert and study author Roberta Wyn says that, "health insurance coverage and education are clearly linked."

Such a wide disparity may also be linked to employment. The study found that 75 percent of those with a college degree obtained their health insurance through their employer. Only 49 percent of those with a high school degree and 23 percent without a high school degree were covered by an employer-based plan.

A lack of affordable health care coverage is a problem the government has been tackling. Starting in 2014, consumers will have access to exchanges where they can purchase health insurance at competitive rates. Requirements for Medicaid coverage are also set to become more lax, providing assistance to a larger number of citizens.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19914792-ADNFCR

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