In April 2013, 8.2 percent of Minnesotans, 445,000 people, were without health care coverage. Rates of uninsurance were significantly higher among Minnesotans of color, and a majority of those lacking health care coverage were likely eligible for one of two public health care programs in Minnesota. To help decrease rates of uninsurance and increase health equity across the state, the Foundation provided sustained support through grants and technical assistance to nine nonprofit grantee organizations. Read the executive summary, or check out the full Access to Coverage report.
The Access to Coverage program had two goals:
1. Increase the number of low-income Minnesotans enrolled in public health care coverage.
2. Increase the capacity of organizations to build health care access into their mission and provide ongoing services for sustainability after the end of the grant.