The federal government reports that the number of people in Ohio without health insurance fell by 47,000 during the past year, one of 15 states which saw a decline in its pool of uninsured from 2012 through 2013.

In a report released Tuesday by the U.S Census Bureau, the government concluded that 1.258 million in Ohio were without insurance last year – either through their employer or a federal health program such as Medicare and Medicaid. By contrast, slightly more than 1.3 million in Ohio were without coverage in 2012.

The decline in the number of those without health insurance in Ohio – which has fallen since 2010 — can be attributed to the gradually expanding state economy and because some sections of the 2010 federal health law have been phased in, such as allowing people as old as 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance policies.

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