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A new report from the Commonwealth Fund has found Minnesota is among the best states in the nation when it comes to health care for low-income individuals. The report follows rankings from the Commonwealth Fund and United Health that put Minnesota as best in the nation for long-term care services and healthiest state for seniors, as well as having one of the best health care systems overall.
“This report reflects strongly Minnesota’s tradition of providing important services to low-income Minnesotans, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. It shows that caring for the vulnerable is a priority in our state and is yielding results,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said.
The report ranked Minnesota 5th for healthy lives, 8th for avoidable hospitalizations, 9th for access and affordability and 25th for prevention and treatment. Minnesota ranked in the top 5 for 8 of the 30 indicators used in the study, and in the top quartile for 16 of the indicators. Minnesota ranked 1st in dental visits by adults, percent of nursing home residents hospitalized within a six-month period and having the least number of years lost before age 75 among adults 25 and older. Minnesota ranked among the worst states on one performance measure, well-child visits.
The report found that nationally, in the top states, many of the health care benchmarks for low-income populations were better than average and better than those for higher-income or more-educated individuals in the lagging states.
The full report can be read at: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2013/Sep/Low-Income-Scorecard.aspx