Affordable Care Act

In The Moment ... August 23, 2018 Show 407 Hour 2

Dr. Richard Holm aka The Prairie Doc joins In The Moment on weekly basis.

Today Dr. Holm offers a medical perspective to the Affordable Care Act. 

In The Moment ... August 23, 2018 Show 407 Hour 1

Concerns over American health insurance policy are mounting ahead of mid-term elections. A group of North and South Dakotans called "Dakotans For Health" is focused on maintaining provisions of the Affordable Care Act. They've released the "South Dakota Rural Health Report." 

 Rick Weiland and Adam Weiland stopped by the SDPB Sioux Falls studio to talk about the challenges of rural healthcare and how the politics of the Affordable Care Act are impacting us all.  

Kaiser Family Foundation

In The Moment ... March 23, 2018 Show 303 Hour 1

In 2017, public polling showed that fixing healthcare was the number one political priority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents, surpassing jobs and terrorism. And yet, solutions are hard fought and rarely won.

Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal is editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health news. Her book "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back" takes an in-depth look at how the practice of medicine became more about revenue generation than healing.

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In The Moment ... October 24, 2017 Show 205 Hour 1

November first is the first day of open enrollment with the Affordable Care Act. On October 12th, President Trump signed an executive order designed to end Obama-era reimbursements for insurers help with service to low-income consumers. We talk health insurance for South Dakotans with Jennifer Grassrope, Outreach & Enrollment Specialist for the Affordable Care Act, and Kirk Zimmer, Executive Vice President, Sanford Health Plan.

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds is one of 24 cosponsors of a bill designed to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

The bill is known as the Alexander/Murray legislation. The current proposal reinstates Cost-Sharing Reduction payments to insurance companies for the next two years. President Trump announced last week that the Administration would stop making the monthly installments.

Rounds says Congress has to stabilize Obamacare, while transitioning away from it.

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In The Moment ... June 29, 2017 Show 125 Hour 1

It's time to pack your beach bag with books and get ready for a holiday weekend. As the summer reading season heats up, we catch up with Peggy Stout. She's owner of Prairie Pages Bookseller in Pierre.

Peggy’s recommendations for adults:

“Magpie Murders: A Novel” by Anthony Horowitz

“The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense” by Dean Koontz

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel” by J. Ryan Stradal

“Commonweath: A Novel” by Anne Patchett

“Lilac Girls: A Novel” by Martha Hall Kelly

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s United States Senators say their health care plan is better than the Affordable Care Act. Thursday Senate Republicans released a draft of the highly-anticipated health care overhaul bill.

US Senator Mike Rounds says the Better Care Reconciliation Act is more moderate than the US House health care overhaul bill. He says it's a draft until the congressional budget office scores the bill.

Rounds for Senate

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

Cara Hetland

In The Moment ... March 27, 2017 Show 058 Hour 2

Lisa Gardner is the department chair and the Sammons Group Director of the School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management and the EMC Insurance Center Director at Drake University. She joins us from her office in Des Moines to talk about health insurance risk and give the us the basics behind the insurance industry. We spoke earlier and begin with the basic risks behind the Affordable Care Act.

Larry Deiter is the South Dakota Insurance Commissioner and joins the conversation now to talk about the industry in South Dakota.

SDPB

Medicaid expansion would have extended health care coverage to South Dakotans who make too little money to afford health insurance but too much money to qualify for state programs. With President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress promising to repeal or overhaul the Affordable Care Act, Governor Dennis Daugaard has declined to pursue Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday to discuss the issue that has become problematic for some.

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South Dakotans don't have the answers to many of their health care questions. Between federal administration changes and decisions at the state level, the issue of delivering quality, cost-effective health care is bathed in uncertainty. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to answer many of those frequently asked questions.

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South Dakotans don’t have answers to many of their health care questions. Between federal administration changes and decisions at the state level, the issue of delivering quality, cost-effective health care is bathed in uncertainty. Local advocates say patients should not panic; instead they say people can better understand the factors at play nationally and within South Dakota – and know that people are fighting for their wellness.

Thune And Rounds Outline Upcoming Congressional Session

Nov 17, 2016

South Dakota’s congressional leadership is back in Washington D.C. following a recess during the campaign season.

Earlier this week Senator John Thune was re-elected as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.  This puts Thune in the top three of the Republican leadership.

Thune says the GOP has a chance to deliver on Republican promises of economic and national security.

Thune says many concerns expressed by state residents sync up with what the new congress and President-elect Donald Trump want to accomplish.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Roger Whittle discuss South Dakota's U.S. House and Senate races including Democratic House candidate Paula Hawks' announcement that she was sexually assaulted while attending college. Democratic candidates Hawks and Jay Williams trail Republican Incumbents Kristi Noem and John Thune in fundraising by large sums.

The Political Junkies also discussed problems with the Affordable Care Act. Recently, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said, "The Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable."

Regional Health operates health care facilities across western South Dakota.  Brent Phillips, the new CEO of Regional Health, joined Dakota Midday to discuss the challenges of rural health care, Medicaid expansion, the Affordable Care Act and issues regarding health care for veterans and American Indians.

Tribal Health Board CEO: Repeal Of ACA Hurts Tribes

Dec 2, 2015
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board

U.S. Senator John Thune says he’s in favor of an effort to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act now making its way through congress. The move fulfills a promise made by many in the GOP to see the act removed.   But, President Obama is expected to veto any repeal effort.    

Some in South Dakota worry repealing the act would hurt Native Americans and those in the state who lack adequate health care coverage.

Thune says the Affordable Care Act has failed.   He supports repealing a number of provisions within the act.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Avera Health is buying insurance organization DakotaCare. Company leaders are not revealing the purchase price. Talks started two weeks ago, and representatives for both entities could reach a final deal by the end of this month. Leaders say customers and employees likely won’t notice changes in the short term.

The board chair for DAKOTACARE says health insurance reform can be good for consumers but difficult on insurance companies. Doctor Kevin Bjordahl says sometimes making insurance affordable for a patient puts a strain on insurance providers.

DAKOTACARE

Dana Ferguson, watchdog state government and political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss DAKOTACARE's exit from the Federal Exchange and a federal immigration agency's plan to drop South Dakota's EB-5 program among other items.

Kealey Bultena
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The United States House is on recess, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem is back in South Dakota. Tuesday the state’s lone Representative spoke in Sioux Falls at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She then met with some young professionals for a discussion about issues they see.

Men with careers in finance, politics, law and technology have questions for Congresswoman Kristi Noem.  Yannick Laroche is a production manager in wind energy.

Three people who represent South Dakota in the nation’s capital are reacting to a US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Thursday six of the nine justices agreed that people are still eligible for insurance subsidies using a federal health insurance exchange. Thirty-four states do not have state-run marketplaces.

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling any day now in King v. Burwell. The ruling will answer the question of whether health insurance subsidies are limited to those states with their own exchanges. If subsidies are limited to the 17 states that established exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, 6.4 million people could lose their insurance subsidies, including some 19,000 South Dakotans.

Kentucky ACA Expert Touts Expanded Medicaid

May 15, 2015

The Affordable Care Act has been a point of contention around the United States since it was first proposed.  The act gives states the option to implement its own insurance markets and to expand the availability of Medicaid.  Although it is a red state, Kentucky chose to do both.  An expert on Kentucky health care paid a visit to Rapid City this week. To hear more, click play below.  

The roll-out of the federal health insyrance exchange in late 2013 under the Affordable Care Act was troubled with site crashes and long wait times. Of the states that launched their own exchanges, Kentucky had one of the most trouble-free sites. Kentucky is a red state and the only southern state to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act.

The deadline for open enrollment for private health insurance through the insurance exchange was last month, but there’s a special enrollment period that will still allow some individuals and families to get coverage. It runs through the end of April and is for those who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to a penalty when they file their taxes in South Dakota and other states that use the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

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South Dakotans are asking the state’s lone United States Congresswoman about national issues they see affecting South Dakota. Tuesday US Representative Kristi Noem held a town hall meeting in Sioux Falls. 

People meeting with Congresswoman Kristi Noem in Sioux Falls want to know how Washington, DC sees topics important to them. One of those is the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run through western South Dakota. Both the Senate and the House passed a measure approving the pipeline. Noem says the decision now rests with President Barack Obama.

Changes To Health Exchange

Dec 29, 2014
Avera Health

This is the second year of the federal health insurance marketplace, also known as the "exchange." December 15 is the deadline to apply for the insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Deb Muller, Avera Health Plans Chief Administrative Officer, joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to visit about what has been learned and changes coming with respect to the exchange.

The Affordable Care marketplace for 2015 is open and the website appears to be functioning well. An insurance agent in Rapid City says changes in South Dakota this year have to do with the price of policies. He tells SDPB’s Victoria Wicks one thing that has not changed is the state’s Medicaid gap that leaves thousands of South Dakotans without health insurance.

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During their first debate, candidates for South Dakota’s only seat in the US House of Representatives clash over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and the Affordable Care Act. They answer audience questions for an hour Tuesday at Dakota Fest in Mitchell.

Democratic US Senate Candidate Rick Weiland says the Republican front runner is misleading South Dakotans about the affordable care act.  Weiland also wants a debate on the issue. He was in Sioux Falls Tuesday calling out Republican Senate Candidate Mike Rounds on his recent TV ad. Weiland wants to debate Rounds before the Republican primary.

United States Senator John Thune is debating unemployment insurance on Wednesday in Washington DC.  Thune says the Senate is not tackling the unemployment problem the way it should.

Thune says it’s important to look at what’s causing unemployment rather than just grooming those affected, back to health.

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