South Dakota tumbled from 19th in 2011 to 27th in 2012 according to America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for South Dakota, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
South Dakota Risk Pool
605-773-3148 (ask for a Risk Pool representative)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, South Dakota started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about South Dakota's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Health reform in South Dakota — Information on the state’s implementation of national health care reform.
South Dakota Insurance Division — Part of the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation, this office provides health insurance advice to South Dakotans and information on companies operating within its borders.
South Dakota Department of Social Services — Its Division of Economic Assistance is responsible for administering the Medicaid to help low income individuals and families.
South Dakota Children’s Health Insurance Program — Provides health insurance at little or no cost to South Dakota children who meet certain eligibility guidelines.
South Dakota Department of Health — Its mission is to prevent disease and promote health, ensure access to needed, high-quality health care, and to efficiently manage public health resources.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in South Dakota.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for South Dakota -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in South Dakota.
Why health care reform is important to South Dakota -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in South Dakota.
The Benefits of Health Reform In South Dakota -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of South Dakota.
South Dakota mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for South Dakota -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $68 per family in 2012.
09/27/2012 5:09 PM
The Daily Republic — Citing annual operating costs of $6.3 to $7.7 million, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said South Dakota will leave it to the federal government to operate and fund an exchange in the state in 2014. States are responsible to fund exchanges beginning in 2015.
09/22/2012 8:09 PM
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan — Gov. Dennis Daugaard said the state will define its essential health benefits package by the Sept. 30 deadline. The state will also decide prior to the election if it plans to operate its exchange independently or with some level of federal involvement.
03/23/2010 5:03 AM
BusinessWeek – President Barack Obama faces a fight over the health-care overhaul from states that say they’ll sue because the legislation’s expansion of Medicaid imposes a fiscal strain their cash-strapped budgets can’t afford.
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Find licensed physicians near you. Each state is home to organizations that can help you find and research physicians, offering online information about a physician's license, schooling, practice information and more.South Dakota Licensee Search
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