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Minnesota ranked fourth for health care system performance

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund has found that Minnesota is among the best states in the nation when it comes to health care for low-income individuals.

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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 fifth for healthy lives, eighth for avoidable hospitalizations, ninth for access and affordability and 25th for prevention and treatment.

Minnesota ranked in the top five for eight of the 30 indicators used in the study, and in the top quartile for 16 of the indicators.

Minnesota ranked first 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 or 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