Health Care

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Both supporters and opponents to Initiated Measure 17 say their side benefits health care patients. The ballot initiative allows doctors to become part of health care plans negotiated between other parties. Opponents claim the move encourages government intervention in health care and try to lure people from major health systems to private medical offices. Supporters say 17 is an opportunity for patients to determine the best options for their own health care.

South Dakota Joins ACA Challenge

May 16, 2014

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 19 other Attorneys General in filing suit to stop the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  The states contend the nation’s health plan violates the Origination Clause of the Constitution—that requires that all tax bills begin in the House of Representatives.  Jackley says he feels the Attorneys General have a good chance to win the challenge.

STD Awareness Month

Apr 24, 2014
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April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month.  Individuals, health care providers and community-based organizations are encouraged to bring a renewed sense of focus to their awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.  Studies show that people who have STDs such as gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million new STDs, including 50,000 new HIV infections, occur every year.  Mary Beth Johnson, CPN, leads Sanford Health's downtown Sioux Falls cl

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Health care advocates hoped the last week of South Dakota’s legislative session would usher in changes for the state’s Medicaid program. That hope is dwindling. The federal government says South Dakota has to expand Medicaid to the full extent under federal law or not at all. State lawmakers say progress this week isn’t likely. The expansion decision impacts thousands of South Dakotans who live in poverty.

More than 20 southeast South Dakota students are preparing to take off for Nashville, Tennessee to compete on a national stage. There the students showcase their skills in health science. 

Washing your hands has many health benefits, but even people who stand at the sink often to ward off germs and keep clean don’t often spend enough time scrubbing up/

"Generally it's supposed to take three minutes, so when you wash your hands, go all out," Canton high school junior Athena Strubbe says.

Strubbe participates in a student organization for future health professionals.

Long Discussion Leads to Defeat of House Bill 1142

Mar 5, 2013

State lawmakers had a busy day Tuesday as it was the last day for both chambers to pass bills out. The Senate worked through more than 20 bills in almost five hours. Senators discussed House Bill 1142 for more than 40 minutes before defeating the bill. The proposed legislation promoted patient choice in selecting health care providers by prohibiting health insurers from limiting which health care providers patients can use. Opponents of the legislation say there’s no evidence the bill would correlate with reduced costs, and that the current system promotes competition.

House Says To Let The People Choose

Feb 20, 2013

Health care patients in South Dakota may soon have the option to stay with the doctor of their choice instead of having to use the one their health care network specifies.  Legislators passed House Bill 1142 on Wednesday which ultimately places the decision of which doctor to see in the hands of the patient, not the system. 

A new rural track program is giving select University of South Dakota medical students the opportunity to fulfill nine months of their studies in a rural community hospital. In today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Jilanne Doom takes a look at the FARM Program and how it will benefit the future of South Dakota rural medicine.

Medicaid Reimbursement

Dec 6, 2012

Dr. Robert Allison, President of the South Dakota State Medical Association, finds Governor Daugaard's proposed 3% Medicaid reimbursement an important step in the right direction.  However, the SDSMA is concerned that the Medicaid program is still underfunded.  The Association plans to advocate for adequate funding during the 2013 legislative session.

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Nov 19, 2012

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  On today's Dakota Midday, Gary Drevitch, Caregiving and Health & Well Being Editor and Jane Aspaas, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of South Dakota, offer real-world advice for Alzheimer's patients and their families.  They also provide insight on caregiving and end-of-life planning.

Kealey Bultena

South Dakota won’t establish its own health insurance exchange. That’s the decision from Governor Dennis Daugaard. The Affordable Care Act requires each state have an exchange in place by 2014, and all states have the option of creating their own or using one set up at the federal level.

Kealey Bultena

Click the first "Listen" option above to hear the Dakota Digest that airs on SDPB Radio. Select the second "Listen" option to hear complete interview with Doctor Carl Hammerschlag. The conversation includes one of his experiences with legendary physician Patch Adams.

Health care as we understand it is changing. That’s the message a nationally recognized psychiatrist offers hundreds of South Dakota health care professionals. Doctor Carl Hammerschlag explains that he welcomes a new perspective in health care.