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What is Medical Mutual of Ohio?

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As of 2015, Medical Mutual of Ohio is Ohio's largest and oldest health insurer, and has operated since 1934, according to the insurer. The company has offices statewide that serve individuals, families and employers. Medical Mutual offers Medicare coverage, a variety of health care plans and healthy lifestyle support.

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John R. Mannix, administrator of Elyria Memorial Hospital, began exploring the concepts of health insurance coverage and hospital prepayment in 1926, explains Medical Mutual of Ohio. In 1934, his work culminated in the creation of Ohio's first health insurance company, the Cleveland Hospital Service Association. In 1945, the association began offering insurance coverage physicians' charges when it joined Medical Mutual of Cleveland. Later, it became part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, but left in 1997 and adopted the name Medical Mutual of Ohio. While the company has diversified, its focus remains health care.

In addition to health insurance coverage, Medical Mutual of Ohio offers health and wellness programs, notes the company. The programs help patients manage diseases and chronic illnesses, have healthy pregnancies, manage cases involving serious injuries or illnesses, and maintain healthy lifestyles. The company website features access to member forms, a physician locator and a tax subsidy estimator. Consumers can call the company's toll-free number, send email or use the live chat feature on the website to ask questions or make comments.

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