Thousands of South Dakotans must change doctors and clinics if they want their health insurance to cover the care. Starting January 1, 2017, Sanford Health no longer accepts Avera insurance including DakotaCare, and Avera Health in South Dakota isn't taking Sanford Health Plan insurance. That leaves some people who can't afford to pay out of pocket with little choice, and it requires others to leave trusted medical providers to find new services that work with their insurance. Hear from Avera's VP of Insurance Services Rob Bates, Avera's Chief Medical Officer Tad Jacobs, and Sanford Health Plan's Executive VP Kirk Zimmer in this conversation between host Lori Walsh and SDPB's Kealey Bultena.
Read and listen to the latest news story on the insurance changes at this link. If you are a patient affected by these switches, contact us via email or social media.