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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)

This issue brief provides a look at key utilization and financial measures for Minnesota’s community hospitals from 2016 to 2019. Overall, utilization and financial measures remained relatively stable for most facilities, while hospitals that operated independent of a health care system and did not have Critical Access Hospital (CAH) status saw declines in utilization and net assets.

This issue brief provides an update on health insurance coverage trends in Minnesota between July 2020 and January 2021. The percent of Minnesotans without health insurance continued to decrease modestly, despite fewer Minnesotans enrolled in employer-sponsored group coverage. More Minnesotans maintained coverage through state public programs and the individual market continued to increase.

This report describes variation in blood pressure medication adherence among Minnesotans and provides strategies to improve adherence. (May 2021)

Preliminary statewide data show that drug overdose deaths increased 31% from January through June 2019 to January through June 2020 (373 to 490 deaths) (Figure 1). Compared to 2019, the monthly number of drug overdose deaths increased in March and peaked in May 2020 (Figure 2). From Quarter 1 (January through March) to Quarter 2 (April through June), drug overdose deaths increased 30% (213 to277 deaths) in 2020 compared to 13% (175 to 198 deaths) in 2019 (Figure 3).

Key Findings  Nonfatal drug overdoses in Minnesota in 2019 were primarily treated in the emergency room, rather than as inpatient hospitalizations, across most drug categories.  Cases of unintentional nonfatal opioid, heroin, and stimulant overdoses, treated both in the emergency room and as inpatient hospitalizations, were higher than intentional.  Unintentional nonfatal overdoses were more likely to be males, while intentional nonfatal overdoses were more likely to be females.  A majority of hospital-treated nonfatal overdoses were among those 15-24 years old.