In 2018, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health launched a study to identify and characterize communities in Minnesota with high rates of people lacking health insurance. The study is a joint collaboration between the school’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center and MNsure navigator organizations, and was funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. One year later, the project has released the data profiling the uninsured in communities across the state as well as an interactive Excel workbook and clickable map that organizations who help people obtain coverage and state policymakers can use to learn more about them.
“Minnesota’s low average uninsured rate of 5.4% masks the reality that there are significant pockets of uninsured people throughout the state,” said project leader and professor, Dr. Kathleen Call.
The data Dr. Call and her team profiled can help community organizations, state and local policymakers know where to focus efforts to help people gain insurance coverage as well as provide clues to designing policy solutions. The information is particularly valuable to MNsure navigators, which are non-profit groups in local communities that work to locate uninsured people, share insurance options, and help them enroll in coverage. Call and team worked closely with the navigators to develop a powerful “Uninsured Community Profile” Excel workbook that they can use to explore uninsurance rates and counts by ZIP code, county and region.
In addition to the profile workbook, the project created an interactive, clickable map of Minnesota. Selecting a location on the map will reveal information on the area’s population, number of uninsured, the uninsurance rate and more.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 01