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Minnesota Medicaid Enrollment Grew More than the U.S. Average during COVID-19

This blog examines how Minnesota’s decision to expand Medicaid proved to be crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic for those who lost their jobs and/or their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. It is estimated that approximately 29,500 Minnesotans lost their private health insurance coverage between April 2020-July 2020. Despite these changes, data from the 2019 Minnesota Health Access Survey and the state’s 2020 Health Insurance Enrollment Survey show that Minnesota’s uninsured population has stayed relatively stable during COVID-19, with increases in Medicaid enrollment making up for some of the losses experienced in the private insurance market.