Senate HHS leaders’ react to 41% decline in Minnesota’s uninsured rate

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report released today by the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center shows the number of Minnesotans without health insurance fell by nearly 41 percent since MNsure’s launch last September, the lowest rate in state history.

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Sen. Tony Lourey, Senate Health and Human Services Division Chair:

“More Minnesotans have secured quality, affordable health insurance than ever before, and that’s something everyone can celebrate. Today’s report from the University of Minnesota shows our state continues to be a leader in health policy, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. To understand the difference MNsure is making in people’s lives, you need to talk to those who had been struggling with inadequate health insurance and can now afford the care they need for themselves and their families.”

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Sen. Kathy Sheran, Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee Chair:

“Minnesota’s uninsured rate dropped from 8.2 percent to 4.9 percent since the launch of MNsure – the lowest rate in state history. This is a major achievement for the state and I am expecting to see continued success as we move forward. Offering affordable insurance benefits everyone in the state and we need to continue to strive toward zero uninsured Minnesotans.”

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Sen. Jeff Hayden, Senate Deputy Majority Leader:

“Our goal from the start has been to connect our uninsured and our under-insured with high quality, low cost health coverage. Today’s report from the University of Minnesota confirms that we’re seeing progress. I’m very encouraged by the impact MNsure has already made, and I’m optimistic that we will get more families covered in the months ahead. From kids to seniors, no one in Minnesota should have to live with the fear and financial uncertainty that comes with being uninsured.”

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