Survey Reveals Minnesota’s Low 3.8% Uninsured Rate

Minnesota’s Uninsured Rate Reaches Record Low, but Challenges Remain with Healthcare Access and Affordability

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance reached a record low of 3.8% in 2023. This is a decrease from the 4% uninsured rate seen in the previous survey conducted in 2021. While this reduction is not statistically significant, it does indicate that approximately 11,000 fewer individuals in Minnesota were uninsured last year.

Despite the increase in insurance coverage, a rise in the number of state residents who have foregone care due to financial constraints has been observed. There are also concerns about the financial protection offered by health insurance, which highlights ongoing challenges within the healthcare system.

Dr. Brooke Cunningham, Minnesota’s Health Commissioner, expressed optimism about the decreasing uninsurance rate but cautioned that these rates may change over time. Insurance and healthcare costs remain significant barriers for many Minnesotans, emphasizing the need for continued efforts to improve access to affordable care.

In 2021, Minnesota saw expanded access to health insurance through Medicaid 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 and accounted for a smaller portion of the uninsured population compared to previous years.

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

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