Minnesota Health Access Survey


Use the Data! Go to the Minnesota Health Access Survey Interactive Data Tool.

What is the Minnesota Health Access Survey?

The Minnesota Health Access Survey is a large-scale telephone survey that collects information related to health insurance and health care access. The survey is conducted in partnership by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.
The size of the survey has varied over time. It includes responses from between 9,700 and  27,000 households between 2001 and 2013.  Since 2009, the survey has targeted around 11,000 total respondents. The response rate was 65% in 2001, 59% in 2004, 43% in 2007, 45% in 2009, 44% in 2011 and 48% in 2013.  Since 2009, the survey has included both cellular and landline phones in the sample.

Where can I get information from the Minnesota Health Access Survey?

A few months after the survey is released, an Issue Brief summarizing the results of the current survey, and comparisons to previous years, is released.  The 2013 survey results can be found in the Issue Brief titled Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, Early Results from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey.  Information from the survey is also used in our Chartbook, specifically in Section 6.  Throughout the year, the Health Economics Program also publishes additional Issue Briefs with information from the survey which may be of interest.  They can be found listed at the bottom of this page.  Finally, we have the Minnesota Health Access Survey Interactive Data Tool, which allows the public to view the data and to create tables using the survey data.

Use the Data! Go to the Minnesota Health Access Survey Interactive Data Tool.

How do you measure “uninsurance?”

There are three ways to classify uninsurance.  The first, and most common, is “point-in-time” uninsurance.  This measure counts only those who do not currently have health insurance, or are "uninsured" at the time of the survey in the uninsurance rate.  This is the measure most often reported, and unless otherwise specified, this is the measure used in our interactive data tool and in presentations.  The second way to measure uninsurance is “part-year” or “at some point during the year.” In this measure, anyone who has been uninsured at any point in the past 12 months is counted as uninsured.  This estimate is usually 2-3 percentage points higher than the point-in-time estimate, because it includes people who have insurance now, but at some point in the past year were uninsured.  Finally, we measure “full year uninsurance,” people who had no health insurance for the past 12 months.  This estimate tends to be 2-3 percentage points lower than the point-in-time estimate. 

Which measure of uninsurance is used in the estimates?

Unless otherwise specified, the estimates of health insurance coverage and uninsurance are for the time of the interview (point-in-time estimates). Alternative measures of uninsurance (full-year, part-year or some point during the year) are also available and can be viewed in the interactive data tool by choosing "uninsurance rates" and then selecting the sub-category “alternative measures of uninsurance”.

How does the Minnesota Health Access Survey compare to other sources of information on health insurance, such as the American Community Survey or Current Population Survey?

The Minnesota Health Access Survey was designed to develop representative estimates of health insurance for the state as a whole, as well as for thirteen geographic regions and major race and ethnic groups within the state. Results from this survey have enabled the state to identify disparities in health insurance by race/ethnicity and geographic region, and to understand the factors influencing trends in health insurance coverage in Minnesota – information that is not available from any other source.

Like most state-specific surveys, estimates of uninsurance from the Minnesota Health Access Survey are lower than estimates for Minnesota from national surveys such as the Current Population Survey (CPS) and American Community Survey (ACS). Because of differences in survey methodology, estimates from the Minnesota Health Access Survey should not be directly compared to other sources of data on health insurance, such as the CPS, ACS or other states’ health insurance surveys.

Does the Minnesota Health Access Survey have information other than health insurance? 

Yes, in addition to current health insurance coverage, the Minnesota Health Access Survey also asks about eligibility for other insurance coverage, such as through an employer or through other public programs.  This information, in addition to information about the demographic characteristics of the uninsured and employment characteristics of the uninsured, are all available to the public through our interactive data tool.  Other information collected includes duration of uninsurance, transitions in insurance, age, race/ethnicity, education, housing information (own/rent), income, employment, health status, utilization of health care, and experiences using the health care system that may be related to reduced access.  Some of this information is included in our interactive data tool, and some of this information may become available in the future.

Use the Data! Go to the Minnesota Health Access Survey Interactive Data Tool.

Publications and Issue Briefs that Use Data from the Minnesota Health Access Survey

Health Insurance in Minnesota: Results from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 786 KB/7 pages) May 2014

Health Insurance in Minnesota: Preliminary Results from the 2013 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 780 KB/7 pages) February 2014

Health Care Access in Minnesota, Baseline Analysis for Assessing the Impact of the Health Reform in the State (PDF: 466 KB/7 pages) February 2014

Utilization of Health Care by Insurance Status (PDF: 1.05 MB/5 pages) November 2013

Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, Early Results from the 2011 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 165KB/8 pages) March 2012

Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, Updated Results from 2009 (PDF: 144KB/7 pages) January 2011

Distribution of Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, 2008 (PDF: 81KB/5 pages) November 2010

Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, Early Results from the 2009 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 111KB/7 pages) February 2010.

Distribution of Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, 2007 (PDF: 73KB/5 pages) November, 2009

Access to Care and Health Status Among Uninsured Minnesotans, 2007 April, 2009

Distribution of Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, 2006 (PDF: 306 KB/4 pages) January, 2009

Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, Results for 2007 (PDF: 109 KB/6 pages) April, 2008

Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota: Trends From 2001 to 2004 (PDF: 2MB/150 pages) February 2006

Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, 2001 vs. 2004 (PDF: 266KB/6 pages) February 2006

Distribution of Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota, 2004 (PDF: 124KB/4 pages) Issue Brief 2006-04. August 2006

Medicare Supplemental Coverage and Prescription Drug Use, 2004 (PDF: 381KB/12 pages) Issue Brief 2006-05. August 2006

Variations in the Use of Health Services in Minnesota by Insurance Status: Results from the 2001 Minnesota Health Access Survey (PDF: 145KB/6 pages) Issue Brief 2004-01, February 2004

Use the Data! Go to the Minnesota Health Access Survey Interactive Data Tool.

Still have questions?  health.mnha@state.mn.us or call 651-201-3557





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Updated Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:10AM