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Number of Minnesota uninsured drops sharply

The number of Minnesotans without health insurance dropped by more than 40 percent in the seven months ending May 1, according to a report released today.

The drop corresponded with online health insurance enrollment offered under the Affordable Care Act.

According to the study, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s State Access Health Data Assistance Center, the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by nearly 180,500 – from 445,000 to 264,500 – between Sept. 30 and May 1. That meant the percentage of uninsured Minnesotans fell from 8.2 percent to 4.9 percent.

Open enrollment in the state’s MNsure site, as in other sites nationwide, began Oct. 1.

MNsure officials lauded the news.

“Through the efforts of so many people throughout Minnesota during open enrollment, this state has brought affordable coverage to hundreds of thousands, many for the first time ever,” CEO Scott Leitz said in a news release. “This is extraordinary news for the people of Minnesota.”