Minnesota's uninsured numbers jump by 100,000

The number of Minnesotans lacking health insurance jumped by over 100,000, according to reports by the state Health Department on Friday.

Minnesota's uninsured now totals to 9.1 percent of the population in 2009, up from 7.2 percent in 2007, the Health Department said in the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reports that most of the losses have come from employers cutting back on covering their employees.

"The percentage of the population with coverage through an employer really declined," said Stefan Gildemeister, assistant director of the Health Economics Program at Minnesota Department of Health, in the report by the Star Tribune.

The number without health insurance rose to 480,000 in 2009 from 374,000 in 2007.

Some, but not all, of the people who lost coverage have picked up coverage on public programs, according to the Star Tribune. The number of people on public programs rose from 25.2 percent in 2007 to 28.7 percent in 2009.

Minnesota historically has one of the lowest rates of uninsured and was among the first states to report uninsured rates for 2009.

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