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      Thanks to MNsure More than 95 percent of Minnesotans have health insurance

      Posted on June 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Uninsured number in Minnesota fell by 180,500, Picture it this way... The population of Rochester and St. Cloud combined... or, Enough people to fill 9 Target Centers..., or 14 Football fields full of people lined up side to side!

      More than 235,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in high-quality, competitively-priced coverage since October

      When Governor Dayton took office in January 2011, Minnesota’s uninsured rate hovered just above 8 percent. To address this important issue, the Governor committed to expanding affordable health care coverage to all Minnesotans.

      In November 2011, the Governor signed an executive order directing state government to begin developing a health insurance exchange. Then in March 2013, Governor Dayton signed legislation to further the development of MNsure.

      With a recovering economy and the creation of MNsure, Governor Dayton has delivered on his committed to improve access to health insurance. A new study from the University of Minnesota shows Minnesota’s uninsured population is at an all-time low. Today, more than 95 percent of Minnesotans have health insurance.

      The University of Minnesota’s report found that between September 30, 2013 and May 1, 2014, there was a dramatic 41 percent drop in the number of uninsured Minnesotans, falling from 8.2 percent of the population to 4.95 percent, now the second lowest rate of uninsured individuals in the country.

      There is more work to do to help ensure all Minnesotans are covered, but the new report demonstrates that health reform in Minnesota is providing more Minnesotans than ever access to the health care they need. And when Minnesotans have access to health care, they are healthier and more productive – benefiting out entire state.