Fewer Children in Minnesota have Health Insurance Coverage

Christopher Snowbeck filed a report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Minnesota lags Nation in kids’ health coverage http://www.twincities.com/ci_21427103/minnesota-lagged-nation-growth-public-health-coverage-kids

We need to have leaders who are willing to invest in our children to keep them healthy and educate them – two major budget issues they are not willing to address without taking something away from someone else.

The report found that 6 percent of children in Minnesota were uninsured in 2008, a lower rate than the national average of 9.7 percent. By 2010, when the national rate improved to 8.5 percent, the rate of uninsured kids in Minnesota was 6.5 percent, according to the report.

The change in Minnesota’s uninsured rate for children was not statistically significant, Sonier said. But the report did find significant changes — in opposite directions — for the share of Minnesota kids covered by public and private health insurance.

In 2010, 74.0 percent of children in Minnesota had private health insurance coverage, down from 78.5 percent in 2008, according to the report. Meanwhile, the share of kids in Minnesota with public health insurance coverage grew from 15.6 percent in 2008 to 19.5 percent in 2010.

Nationally, the rate of public health insurance coverage for children during the time period grew from 25.8 percent to 31.4 percent.