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Report finds improvement in number of uninsured children

A new Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) report found that the uninsured rate for Minnesota children fell from 2010 to 2012. The rate of uninsured Minnesota children was 6.6 percent in 2010 (84,165 children) and 5.4 percent in 2012 (68,145 children).

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The report applauds public health care programs such as Medicaid and CHIP as the reason for the decrease in the number of uninsured children across the country and in most states from 2010 to 2012.

Nearly one third of Minnesota children are covered by Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, the state’s public health care programs for children. Legislative changes to MinnesotaCare in July 2012 allowed more children to be eligible to enroll in the program.

The number of uninsured children in Minnesota and the nation will continue to decline with the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which provides new consumer protections, financial assistance and expanded eligibility for Medicaid.

In Minnesota, many children will be newly eligible for coverage under Medical Assistance and many others will be eligible for financial assistance through Advanced Premium Tax Credits available via MNsure.

Yet, the majority of Minnesota children will still be covered by their parents’ employer-sponsored insurance. Minnesota has one of the highest rates of employer sponsored insurance coverage in the country, with nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans enrolled in employer sponsored insurance, according to the Health Economics Survey on the Uninsured.

Compared to other states, Minnesota ranked 29th in the number of uninsured children (68,145) and 22nd in the rate of uninsured children (6.6 percent), according to the Georgetown report.