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Minnesota’s All-Time Low in Uninsured Residents: A Step Towards Better Healthcare Access, but Concerns Remain

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Survey Reveals Minnesota’s Low 3.8% Uninsured Rate

In 2023, Minnesota saw a decrease in the percentage of residents without health insurance to an all-time low of 3.8%, down from 4% in the previous survey conducted in 2021. While this reduction is not statistically significant, it does indicate that around 11,000 fewer individuals in Minnesota were uninsured last year. Access to health insurance is crucial for individuals to afford necessary healthcare services, but findings from the Minnesota Health Access Survey suggest that despite the increase in coverage, there has been a rise in the number of state residents who have foregone care due to financial constraints.

Concerns have also been raised about the financial protection offered by health insurance, highlighting ongoing challenges in the healthcare system. Dr. Brooke Cunningham, the state Health Commissioner, expressed optimism about the decreasing uninsurance rate in Minnesota but cautioned that these rates are subject to change. Insurance and healthcare costs remain significant barriers for many Minnesotans, underscoring the need for continued efforts to improve access to affordable care.

In 2021, Minnesota saw expanded access to health insurance through the Medicaid program due to suspension of eligibility checks amidst COVID-19 pandemic. However as eligibility checks resumed some residents lost Medicaid coverage raising concerns about gaps in insurance coverage. The Health Department noted that most uninsured individuals in Minnesota experience long-term uninsurance having been without coverage for a year or longer. However, this group accounted for a smaller portion of the uninsured population compared to previous years.

Stefan Gildemeister, director of state’s Health Economics Program warned that increase prior public program coverage among short term uninsured could signal challenges transitioning into other forms of coverage. It’s essential to address gaps in coverage and ensure individuals have access consistent affordable healthcare options promoting better health outcomes for all Minnesotans.

By Samantha Nguyen

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