Report: Rate of uninsured in Minnesota drops to record low 01 Mar 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State health officials say the rate of people in Minnesota without health insurance has fallen to a record low.

The Minnesota Department of Health said yesterday that the rate of Minnesota residents without health insurance fell to 4.3 percent in 2015. That’s down from 8.2 percent in 2013.

The department and the University of Minnesota jointly surveyed about 11,000 Minnesotans from August to November in 2015.

Health officials say the report is the first from the state on uninsured rates since the expansion of Medicaid and the full implementation of MNsure, the state-run health insurance marketplace.

Despite the progress, disparities still exist. About 36 percent of those without insurance in Minnesota are people of color despite comprising about 19 percent of the population.