One in 20 children in Minnesota lacks health insurance, according to a report by the Urban Institute.
Almost 8 percent of Minnesota residents under the age of 64 are not covered, compared with the national average of 15 percent.
The Urban Institute is a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. The health insurance report relied heavily on a survey of 3,000 Minnesota households in 1997.
Hispanics are the least likely to have health insurance in Minnesota, according to the study. Twenty percent of Hispanic adults and 15 percent of Hispanic children lack coverage.
Twenty percent of black adults and 7 percent of black children have no insurance. Eight percent of white adults and 5 percent of white children aren't covered.
Children of single parents are almost three times as likely to be uninsured than children who live with both parents. Also, children in rural areas and small towns are more than twice as likely to be uninsured than children in cities, the report shows.
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