Study finds many low income Minnesotans will remain without health insurance


A study by the University of Minnesota finds that one out of 10 low-income Minnesotans will continue to lack access to government health care coverage.

Minnesota Public Radioreports that illegal immigrants and many new residents will remain without coverage. Lynn Blewett, head of the U of M's State Health Access Data Assistance Center, said illegal immigrants are excluded from government programs.

Some legal immigrants would also be ineligible for the Medicaid expansion. There's a five year waiting period before legal residents can be eligible for public programs.

Blewett said the data is important because hospitals funded largely by state and local governments will still be requited to treat these individuals.

Legal immigrants may buy commercial health insurance on the upcoming online marketplace known as MNSURE, she said, and may be eligible for tax subsidies.

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