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Health Insurance Statistics
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-Laurie talks about the generals of being uninsured.
-Laurie talks about hypothetical costs and insurance coverage options.
-Laurie offers advice to the young and uninsured
Matt Peterson is young, healthy and, like many people in their twenties, uninsured. He works at a restaurant to pay the bills and health insurance is the last thing on his mind. “It’s mainly a subject that I never think about,” he says. “It hasn’t really been an issue so far, because I’ve never had any major illness or injury or prescriptions that I have to pay a bunch of money for or anything like that”
While his situation is fairly common, some uninsured 20-somethings struggle with their budgets in order to try and make ends meet while having some type of health insurance. Some of them worry about a potentially costly accident or illness and others are required to be insured while in school.
Photo: Jessica Mann
A junior at the University of Minnesota, Joy Petersen has been researching insurance plans for months, after no longer being covered under her parents’ plan. “As of right now, I can’t afford insurance through any company,” she says. “I don’t have enough money to pay $118 dollars a month when it means the difference between just in case you get hurt and just in case you want to eat.”
Children and parents, legal guardians, foster parents, or relative caretakers residing in the same household are eligible for Minnesota Care, if their total household income does not exceed 275 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Check out the link from the Minnesota House of Representatives, Research Department about Minnesota Care.