South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations

SDAHO 'Deeply Concerned' With Healthcare Overhaul

Jun 29, 2017
U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

US Senator Mike Rounds says Congress hopes to have a healthcare overhaul bill signed by the president in September.
 
Rounds says that’s enough time to establish new rules as the insurance marketplace opens in January.
 
But an association of South Dakota hospitals wants the state’s delegation to vote against the bill.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

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.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Medicaid expansion in South Dakota may not happen, but many health care providers say they’re not giving up on reforms that could help the working poor. Some health leaders are looking for other ways to deliver medical care to thousands of people.

Doctor Tim Ridgway says the point of the complicated medical system is to take care of people and improve the health of all individuals in communities.

Ridgway says navigating those elements and figuring out how to pay for all of it is an intricate process.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid this session. State officials received a letter from the federal government outlining policy changes, but the Governor says there’s not enough time in the final days of the session to fully consider the issue.