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Study: One quarter of Minnesotans did not have health insurance in '07-'08

Nearly one in four Minnesotans under age 65 did not have health insurance at some time during the last two years, according to a Washington, D.C., health care advocacy group that stated the finding on Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Families USA found that just over 24 percent of Minnesotans under 65 did not have health coverage at some time in 2007-2008. That percentage was the lowest among the 49 states studied, the Star Tribune reported.

The nationwide study found that one third of Americans were uninsured for some period during 2007-2008.

Examining any lack of coverage over a two-year span differs from the approach of the U.S. Census Bureau, which only counts people who went a full year without health insurance. In 2007, one in 10 Minnesotans did not have health insurance, while one in seven people nationwide did not have insurance, the Star Tribune reported.

The study found that 80 percent of Minnesotans who were uninsured at some point during the two years were employed, the Pioneer Press reported.

Families USA did not include Massachusetts in the study because the state changed its health care access policies within the two-year period, the Star Tribune reported.