The recent recession had a significant impact on the nation and Minnesota both in terms of the number of jobs lost and the loss of employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI). In this article, we present national and Minnesota-specific data on the loss of ESI. We also explore how government-sponsored programs provided a safety net that enabled many people with low incomes to retain health insurance coverage, lessening the recession's impact in Minnesota. We conclude with general comments about the role of the safety net in a health care system in which the majority of people have health care coverage through voluntary employer-based programs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2012|