Why this is important
According to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured1, persons without insurance are less likely to receive preventive care and care for routine medical conditions and injuries. The lack of preventive and routine care can lead to more serious illness and health problems; these may then result in increased cost, including hospitalizations.
What the data show
The chart below shows the percentage of persons under the age of 65 without health insurance. The health uninsured rate of persons under 65 in Dakota County has been increasing slightly between 2008 and 2012. Between 2008 and 2010, the uninsured rates in Dakota County increased from 7.1% to 7.3%, and increased again in 2012 to 7.9%. When accounting for margin of error, the increase in uninsured rate in Dakota County is not statistically significant. Washington Counties also experienced similar trend during the same period.
Dakota County uninsured rate in 2012 is lower than the Minnesota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties while still higher than other Counties in the metro area. For information about access to health care in Minnesota, see the Minnesota Department of Health.
1 People who had no reported health coverage, or those whose only health coverage was Indian Health Service, were considered uninsured.