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This report provides initial findings from the 2021 Minnesota Health Access (MNHA) Survey, a biennial population survey that collects information on how many people in Minnesota have health insurance and how easy it is for them to get health care. The rate of uninsurance was 4.0 percent, although racial coverage disparities worsened from 2019. Declines were seen in private coverage, while public coverage increased. See the links below for more detailed information on health insurance coverage. (April 2022)

This report explores community benefit trends at Minnesota hospitals from 2016 to 2019. The analysis breaks down how community benefit dollars were distributed between different sizes and types of hospitals, as well as across services and activities. (March 2022)

This report presents initial findings for developing recommendations about expanded access to the Minnesota All Payer Claims Database (MN APCD) and a road map for developing final recommendations later this year. We present an overview of the MN APCD, provide background information about the emergence of APCDs across the country, document some of the important contributions from research over the years, and sketch out opportunities associated with expanded access to the data for Minnesota. (February 2022)

Due to the Minnesota hospital bed moratorium, MDH conducts a Public Interest Review when a hospital wants to add new licensed beds. PrairieCare Brooklyn Park Hospital, which provides mental health services to patients under 21 years of age, requested to add 30 additional beds to their hospital. This report provides analysis on the need for additional inpatient mental health care for children and youth, describes the staffing and financial impact on other hospitals, and assesses the impact on lower-income Minnesotans with state public program coverage and no health insurance. (January 2022)

This report presents administrative spending data for health insurance carriers that collected more than $3 million in total health premiums from Minnesota residents in 2018 and 2019. The report includes a summary of high-level trends and findings and detailed tables for each eligible Minnesota group purchaser on 14 categories of administrative spending. (January 2022)

Distressed Minnesota Community Hospitals, 2019 (PDF)
January 2022

This issue brief provides a deep dive into financial trends and signals of financial distress for Minnesota hospitals between 2012 and 2019. This report finds distress signals are seen more in hospitals that are rural, operate independently of a health care system, and have Critical Access Hospital (CAH) status. (January 2022)

This report presents the results of the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) work in developing annual estimates of the health care costs directly associated with selected chronic conditions and smoking. (December 2021)

This legislative report provides estimates of health care spending for Minnesota residents in 2019 and projections of spending between 2020 and 2029. The report also explores the history of health care spending growth and includes health care spending by source of funds and categories of service. (October 2021)