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By Carla Anderson
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced in late September that South Dakota will not develop a state-run health insurance exchange. Daugaard cited high operating cost — estimated at $6.3 to $7.7 million — as the reason to let the federal government run the state’s exchange.
However, South Dakota had shown little appetite for an exchange even before cost estimates were complete. Daugaard, a Republican, opposes federal health reform. South Dakota’s legislature never considered any bills to create a health insurance exchange, and the state joined the federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.
According to Kaiser’s statehealthfacts.org, 15% of the population in South Dakota is uninsured.
Updated Nov. 6, 2012
State Exchange Profile: South Dakota
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation overview of South Dakota’s progress toward creating a state health insurance exchange.
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Let your South Dakota governor and legislators know how you feel about the state's proposed health insurance exchange.South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
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.