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New Low in Uninsured Minnesotans: The Hidden Costs of Healthcare and the Importance of Consistent Coverage

BySamantha Nguyen

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

In 2023, the percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance reached a new low of 3.8%, down from the 4% rate seen in the previous survey conducted in 2021. Despite this decrease not being statistically significant, it does indicate that an estimated 11,000 fewer individuals in Minnesota were uninsured last year. While access to health insurance is crucial for individuals to afford necessary healthcare services, recent findings suggest that financial constraints continue to prevent many state residents from receiving care.

Despite the increase in insurance coverage among some Minnesotans, concerns have been raised about the financial protection offered by health insurance and ongoing challenges in the healthcare system. Dr. Brooke Cunningham, the state Health Commissioner, expressed optimism about the decreasing uninsurance rate 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 and raised 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 in 2023 compared to previous years.

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

By Samantha Nguyen

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