Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, South Dakota had as many as 17 individual health insurance providers. Now the state has two, Avera and Sanford.
Conservative state leaders say that happened because Obamacare forced insurers out of the marketplace.
However, the CEO of Avera Health Plans says the state’s market isn’t big enough to host 17 individual health providers.
“Before the Affordable Care Act, South Dakota had 17 insurers offering individual health insurance policies. Now we just have two,” says Governor Dennis Daugaard.