How has Obamacare affected health insurance in Minnesota?
Obamacare has resulted in a decrease of uninsured residents in Minnesota. Before the Affordable Care Act, the state already had a low uninsured rate because of its progressive Medicaid program. In 2014, Minnesota celebrated their highest number of people covered by health insurance to date. Last year, the state was recognized as being one of nine that had an uninsured rate of an unprecedented 5.8%. This is much lower than the national average, which is currently 9.1%, according to the National Health Interview Survey. The successes in getting more people insured are directly linked to Medicaid expansion and the availability of a state exchange.