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Published September 16, 2010, 08:42 PM

10 Percent Lack Health Insurance in Minnesota

New census estimates show about 10 percent of Minnesotans lacked health insurance last year, and more are using government programs for coverage.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New census estimates show about 10 percent of Minnesotans lacked health insurance last year, and more are using government programs for coverage.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that data released Thursday from the Current Population Survey show more than 450,000 Minnesotans were uninsured in 2009.

Christina Wessel of the Minnesota Budget Project, a non-profit that tracks poverty data, says the report also shows that fewer people are getting their insurance through work. She says public programs are picking up the slack.

The share of Minnesotans under 65 who get insurance through medical assistance has increased from 8 percent to 15 percent since the beginning of the decade.

Wessel says the recession at the end of the decade played a role.

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