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Minnesota is one of the most-insured states in the US, poll says

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The number of people in Minnesota without health insurance is one of the lowest rates in the nation, according to a new report.

A Gallup poll looked at states' uninsured rates heading into 2015.

In Minnesota, only 7.4 percent of people did not have insurance last year. (That's a drop from 2013, when the rate was 9.5 percent, a 2.1 percent difference.)

That puts the North Star State toward the top of the country, tied for fourth overall.

Overall, Massachusetts sports the best rate, at just 4.6 percent. Gallup credits its Mitt Romney-created health exchange policy as a key reason, noting certain aspects of "Romneycare" were used for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

1) Massachusetts – 4.6 percent
2) Connecticut – 6 percent (tied)
2) Hawaii – 6 percent (tied)
4) Minnesota – 7.4 percent (tied)
4) Vermont – 7.4 percent (tied)

Gallup says stats that implemented both Medicaid expansion and state-run health exchange (so MNsure, in Minnesota's case) generally saw the most significant gains when it comes to the insured.

Minnesota's 7.4 percent number is actually higher than estimates the state put out last summer, which after one round of the Affordable Care Act under its belt pegged the percentage of uninsured Minnesotans at just 4.9 percent.

The least-insured state? Texas, at 24.4 percent.

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