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New study finds increase in number of Minnesotans without health insurance


Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance rose from 7.2 percent to 9.1 percent between 2007 and 2009, according to the results of a new survey by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

An estimated 480,000 Minnesotans were uninsured in 2009, compared to 374,000 in 2007. In both years, about two-thirds of people who were uninsured reported having been without coverage for a year or longer.

The increase was primarily due to a decline in the percentage of Minnesotans who had health insurance through an employer (57.2 percent in 2009, compared to 62.5 percent in 2007).

"The economic recession has had a clear impact on health insurance access and affordability," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "While it is not surprising that we found a higher rate of uninsurance in 2009, these study results highlight the need to sustain Minnesota's health reform efforts that are designed to contain rising health care costs."

Minnesota is one of the first states to report 2009 health insurance coverage. "Because economic factors affecting coverage in Minnesota are having nationwide impacts, we think it is likely that national rates of uninsurance for 2009 will show an upward trend, just as they did in Minnesota," said Stefan Gildemeister, assistant director of the Health Economics Program at MDH.

Minnesota has historically had one of the lowest rates of uninsurance in the nation, according to the Current Population Survey, a national survey that allows for comparisons across states. National uninsurance rates are published in August each year, for the preceding calendar year.

Although the decline in employer coverage was partly offset by an increase in coverage through public insurance programs (28.7 percent in 2009, compared to 25.2 percent in 2007), the percentage of Minnesotans without any health insurance also increased. The share of the population that purchased individual coverage in the private market remained steady at about five percent.

The study also shows the rates of uninsurance for black, American Indian and Hispanic/Latino Minnesotans (16 percent, 18.8 percent and 28.6 percent, respectively) were two to 3.7 times higher than the rate for the white population (7.8 percent). The uninsurance rate for Asians was 9.1 percent, which was not statistically different from the rate for white Minnesotans.

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Smoking by the Numbers

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Every day I hear the stories of people who want to quit smoking and help people who they love quit smoking. They want to feel better, live longer, protect their children, and save money - reasons we can all relate to, whether we are smokers o ..... 
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Heart disease: not just a man's problem

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Many women are unaware that cardiovascular disease is not just the number one killer of men, it's also the number one killer of women. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of about 500,000 women a year ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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A life-long athlete trains for Boston

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Training for a marathon is a challenging endeavor attempted by few. The 26.2 mile race requires a training schedule that can be difficult to accomplish, especially during a Minnesota winter. Combine that with the factors of a busy household, three y ..... 
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Health officials stress importance of careful hand washing, food preparation in battling norovirus

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Winter in Minnesota is the peak time of year for norovirus, an illness that should be as easy to prevent as one, two, three, say health officials: wash your hands properly, prepare and handle food properly, and if you are ill, stay home and don't pr ..... 
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Rock Stars of Science to Present at Annual Alzheimer's Association and Mayo Dementia Conference

Wed, Feb 10th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis, MN - Two of the country's most renowned medical researchers, Dr. Steven DeKosky and Dr. Ronald Petersen, will be presenting the keynote address at the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota and Mayo Clinic's annual A Meeting of t ..... 
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Ban the bug with H1N1 and seasonal flu immunizations

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) will be offering joint H1N1 and seasonal influenza immunization clinics in an effort to ban the flu bug. It is not too late to receive either H1N1 or seasonal influenza immunizations because flu season often runs ..... 
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Soy Potentially Healthy for Cancer Survivors

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

ST. LOUIS (January 12, 2010) - As research continues to demonstrate the human health value of eating soyfoods, a recently published study shows that soyfoods are not only safe but also beneficial for breast cancer survivors. In the past, some doctors ..... 
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