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There are difficulties in providing healthcare to a rural state with a sparse population in a large geographic area. That describes much of South Dakota, especially west of the Missouri River. For a fuller picture, add in the challenges of an aging population and low income patients. On this segment of SDPB’s ongoing examination of the State of the State’s infrastructure, Victoria Wicks learns that the state’s most vital healthcare infrastructure isn’t so much bricks and mortar as it is flesh and blood.

President Obama's Second Term

Dec 2, 2013

The Obama administration said on Sunday that it had met its goal of improving the online health-insurance marketplace for the vast majority of users, but acknowledged it still has extensive work to do. The troubled rollout has damaged the President’s credibility with polls now showing that a majority of Americans view him as untrustworthy. According to a recent CBS News poll, only 49% of Americans says President Obama is honest and trustworthy. When compared to recent two-term presidents, President Obama’s approval rating is similar to that of George W.

Healthcare For South Dakotans

Oct 24, 2013

The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace has been open since the first of October, although there have been many technical problems on the health exchange web site over the past three weeks.

Health Insurance Exchanges

Sep 27, 2012

Sabrina Corlette, research professor at the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University, presents an overview of the health insurance exchanges mandated in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Unless the law is repealed, a health insurance exchange must be operated in every state by 2014.  The federal government will directly operate and fund exchanges in those states choosing not to operate state-run exchanges.  At Georgetown University, Corlette directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers and patients.

Governor Daugaard on Health Insurance Exchange

Sep 27, 2012

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced on Wednesday that South Dakota will not operate a state health insurance exchange but will maintain control of insurance regulation in South Dakota.  South Dakota joins other states that have chosen not to run their own exchanges.  "After extensive research and analysis, it has become very apparent that operating our own exchange will simply not work for South Dakota," Daugaard stated.  Governor Daugaard joins Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke to explain the state's decision.