Minnesota health insurance
A guide to finding health insurance in the Land of 10,000 Lakes
How healthy are all those lakes? Minnesota is the 5th healthiest state according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Minnesota has the lowest rate of cardiovascular deaths in the nation. The rate has dropped from 270.4 to 195.9 deaths per 100,000 people over the past 10 years.
- More than 87 percent of Minnesota ninth graders go on to complete high school within four years.
The bad news:
- The number of children in poverty has increased by 5.2 percentage points during the past ten years.
- Public health funding decreased by $19 per person over the past five years.
Minnesota's best and worst category rankings:
- Poor Physical Health Days – 1st
- Cardiovascular Deaths – 1st
- Premature Death – 1st
- Binge Drinking – 44th
- Public Health Funding – 48th
- Infectious Disease – 50th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Minnesota.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Minnesota health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Minnesota here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Minnesota, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Minnesota have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Minnesota started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.