Minn.’s uninsured rate tops 9 percentA new study finds that nearly half a million Minnesotans are living without health insurance.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new study finds that nearly half a million Minnesotans are living without health insurance.
The figures from the state Health Department show the percentage of uninsured residents climbing to 9.1 percent in 2009, compared with 7.2 percent in 2007. The number rose to 480,000 from 374,000.
Two-thirds of the uninsured have gone without health care coverage for a year or more. Black, American Indian and Hispanic residents are two to nearly four times more likely to lack insurance.
The decline in insurance coverage comes mainly from employers cutting back on covering their workers.
The numbers are based on a telephone survey of 12,000 people done last year by the Health Department and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.