Resource: Minnesota’s Uninsured Profile and Interactive Map

Minnesota's Uninsured and the Communities in Which They Live
Historically, Minnesota has consistently experienced low rates of uninsurance. However, there are areas within the state where uninsured rates vary greatly by ZIP code, county, economic development region (EDR) and Legislative district. 

Resources below were created by SHADAC with essential guidance from the advisory board of MNsure navigators and policymakers and supported by a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and were developed as part of “Minnesota’s Uninsured and the Communities in Which They Live” project. This project was designed to both support targeted outreach and enrollment activities of health insurance navigators and provide information about the uninsured to Minnesota policymakers as they develop strategies to reach the remaining uninsured in Minnesota. Additionally, these tools can be used for other equity-focused work and advocacy work by informing strategic plans, partnership development, assessment of community needs, and grant-writing.

*New* Legislative District Infographics
Using the most up-to-date estimates available from the United States Census Bureau, (2014-2018 American Community Survey, 5-year estimates) this unique set of infographics highlight and categorize uninsured rates using color-coded state maps and graphics that provide a deeper look into the socioeconomic data (such as race, ethnicity, income, and age) of each Minnesota House and Senate district. The state legislative maps are color-coded according to four levels of need for coverage assistance: Needs Most Assistance (uninsured rate of 7.1% or more); Needs Significant Assistance (uninsured rates between 4.8-7.0%); Needs Some Assistance (uninsured rates between 2.4-4.7%); and Needs Less Assistance (under 2.3%).

In the PDF to the right, users can access a specific legislative district infographic by clicking on the respective senate or house number. If you need help determining a legislative district of interest, click the "Find a Legislative District" in the header of the accompanying PDF.

Uninsured Community Profile
This profile and interactive map provide rates and counts of the uninsured in Minnesota at the ZIP code (i.e., Census-defined ZIP code), county, economic development region, legislative district (senate and house), and state level. It compares characteristics of the total population to the uninsured population within a select community. The profile can support targeted outreach and enrollment activities of health insurance navigators and provide information about the uninsured to policymakers as they develop strategies to reach the remaining uninsured in Minnesota. Additionally, the profile tool can assist in identifying the different social factors that can impact the health of the population beyond access to health insurance. 

The Excel workbook includes four supplemental tabs and the “Profile” tab:
  1. Purpose: Describes the purpose of the project.
  2. How to Use: Describes how to view the uninsured profile for a specific community of interest, and walks through how to identify a community of interest or locate them on the map. 
  3. Uninsured Profile: Profile of the characteristics of the uninsured and the community in which they live at the ZIP code, county, economic development region, or state level.
  4. ZIP Code Uninsured Rates: Sortable spreadsheet of all the reported Census-defined ZIP Codes, counties and regions and the number and percent of uninsured within those communities.
  5. ZIP Code with No Available Data: Data for some Census-defined ZIP codes were suppressed if the relative standard error (SE/estimate) was greater than 30% or the number of uninsured was less than 50. These ZIP Codes are shown in this tab.

    **Click here for the uninsured profile Data, Definitions, and Notes.


Interactive Map
The map is designed to be used alongside the Profile and is included in Step 2 of the “How to Use” tab in the Excel workbook linked above. If used independently “Enter a ZIP Code” in the search box at the bottom of the map and then click on the magnifying glass. See below for additional features of the map:









Click the image above to explore the interactive map. 

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