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This section provides an overview of the sources of health insurance coverage for Minnesotans, how the sources of coverage have changed over time, and variation in sources of private health insurance. (Last update: April 2023)

This Data Short Take provides information on the average number of unhealthy days Minnesotans reported from 2013 to 2021. Including both physically and mentally unhealthy days, this short take summarizes changes in health-related quality of life, and highlights select populations in Minnesota that report more unhealthy days. (April 2023)

This report provides estimates of health care spending for Minnesota residents in 2020 and projections of spending between 2021 and 2030. The report also explores the history of health care spending growth and includes health care spending by source of funds and categories of service. (February 2023)

This first legislative report from the Prescription Drug Price Transparency initiative includes an overview of the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act and its implementation, analysis of data reported through June 2022, and a preliminary discussion of the effectiveness of the Act. Also available is a set of interactive data dashboards.

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 2022)

This brief relies upon data from the MN APCD and methods developed by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) to produce population-based estimates of spending, use, and prices for medical care and prescription drugs. (November 2022)

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)