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REPORT: Minn. population without insurance drops 40%

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A first-of-its-kind report on the state-level impact of the Affordable Care Act found the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell from 445,000 to 264,500 -- a drop of 40.6 percent -- in 8 months.

The report, which was prepared by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center at the University of Minnesota, found that 4.9 percent of Minnesotans still did not have health insurance at the end of the open enrollment period. Before the state's online exchange went live, 8.2 percent of Minnesotans did not have insurance.


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“Our findings are consistent with reports of early national impacts of the ACA, showing a decline in the number of uninsured” said Julie Sonier, deputy director of SHADAC, lead author on the report.

Sonier acknowledged that the impact of the law will vary by state, but said the U's analysis sought to explain how MNsure had impacted the state long before the survey results, which are not expected until the end of the year, arrive.

BY THE NUMBERS

The data represents a snapshot of health insurance coverage at two points in history -- just before MNsure's open enrollment period began and one month after it closed. The analysis found:

- 155,000 new enrollments in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare
- 30,000 people selected private health insurance plans
- 264,500 residents remain uninsured (4.6 percent)

The number of Minnesotans with private group insurance, like employer-sponsored coverage, declined slightly but remained relatively stable; however, coverage in the private non-group market grew both inside and outside of MNsure.

“It is especially encouraging to see growth in private coverage as well as public coverage,” said Elizabeth Lukanen, a senior research fellow at SHADAC and report co-author. “It’s clear now that enrollment in MNsure and public coverage has not come at the expense of other parts of the market.”

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