How is the state handling the increase in MinnesotaCare applications?by Tom Crann, Minnesota Public Radio
There's been a substantial increase in the number of Minnesotans relying on MinnesotaCare. The state health care plan for the poor has seen a 25 percent increase in applications this year, and a more dramatic spike in July.
As employers lay off workers, more and more people are looking to the state for their health care coverage. This has resulted in a backlog of up to 8 weeks for processing applications.
Cal Ludeman is the Comissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and he joined Tom Crann for more on the situation.
For a list of organization partnering with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to help people fill out state health care program applications, go here.
- All Things Considered, 09/02/2009, 4:45 p.m.