Why this is important
According to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 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 figure below shows the percentage of persons under the age of 65 without health insurance. The uninsured rates increased in Anoka County (8.8% to 8.9%), Dakota County (7.3% to 9.2%), and Ramsey County (12% to 12.6%) between 2010 and 2011, while it decreased in the other metropolitan-area counties and the state.
Dakota County experienced an increase in the uninsured rate in 2011, however, its rate is lower than the Minnesota, Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Over the last several years, the uninsured rate for persons under 65 in Minnesota and the metropolitan-area counties has fluctuated and has no obvious trend.
For information about access to health care in Minnesota, see the Minnesota Department of Health