Health

Eye Donor Family Meets Recipient For First Time

Families Come Together To Celebrate National Eye Donor Month

Chris Jones (Right) Hugs Recipient, Cal Fickbohm.SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Chris Jones anxiously awaits a meeting. With family around her, she prepares to see a piece of her husband again. Her husband, Lawrence Pete Jones, passed away in October 2015. They made the decision to donate his corneas. Cal Fickbohm received one of those corneas. Jones said she was nervous to finally…

House GOP Abruptly Pulls Troubled Health Care Bill

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to…

WH No Longer Expresses Confidence In Health Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful. Instead, spokesman Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump is confident that the White House has done “every single thing possible” to corral the 216 votes needed to pass legislation to repeal the Obama-era health care law. House lawmakers…

Inspector General To Review Pullback Of HealthCare.gov Ads

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull back advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season. Democrats had called the surprise move “sabotage.” The Trump administration said the ads were a waste of taxpayer dollars. In a letter to Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington…

Head Lice Policy Concerning Sioux Falls Parents, New Business to Get Rid of Nits

Nit Nannies is the only company of its kind in this area

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Head lice is often hard to avoid in places such as schools and daycares, where children are in close contact with each other. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children 3 to 11 years old. Some parents say the Sioux Falls School District’s…

House GOP Leaders Postpone Health Care Vote

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republican leaders have postponed a vote on their health care bill in a setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. Prospects for the Republicans’ showcase health care bill had looked grimmer by the minute Thursday despite Trump’s personal lobbying of conservatives. That still left the legislation short of the votes needed for…

Good Samaritan Society Releases Statement On Eliminating 100 Positions

SIOUX FALLS – On Wednesday The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society announced several changes including the elimination of 100 positions in Sioux Falls. The elimination is approximately 15% of the workforce at the Society’s National Campus in Sioux Falls. The Society says the position eliminations come from today’s fiscal challenges. “Like every organization in our sector,” notes H. Theodore “Ted”…

Health Group: Up To 250,000 Iowans At Risk Under GOP Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A hospital association estimates a Republican-backed plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could leave up to 250,000 Iowans without health insurance. Others speculate the change could destabilize the entire Medicaid system that serves poor and disabled people. The Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million Americans will lose health care coverage over the next decade…

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Signs Cannabidiol Measure Into Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved a bill meant to allow people in South Dakota with a prescription to use a non-intoxicating compound found in marijuana if it’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Daugaard on Friday signed the bill. It excludes cannabidiol, if it receives FDA approval, from the definition of marijuana in state…

Trade Group: GOP Plan Could Cost South Dakotans 25K

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A trade group says that congressional Republicans’ health plan could cost thousands in South Dakota their insurance and leave the state without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding each year. Scott A. Duke, president and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations, said Thursday that the organization anticipates roughly 25,000 people in…

Ex-Rapid City Mental Hospital Workers Claim Unsafe Setting

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Multiple former employees of a Rapid City mental hospital have filed federal complaints saying the facility was an unsafe work environment. The Rapid City Journal reports the ex-employees of Regional Behavioral Health Center allege in their complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that the hospital’s procedures and faculties made the center a dangerous…

SD Judge Dismisses ABC’s Diane Sawyer From ‘Pink Slime’ Case

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge has dismissed ABC anchor Diane Sawyer from a defamation lawsuit over the network’s reports on a beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.” First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Cheryle Gering granted Sawyer’s motions for summary judgment last month, dismissing her from the case also against ABC and correspondent Jim Avila. A trial…

More Than 12M Signed Up For ‘Obamacare’ This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says more than 12 million people have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, even as the Republican-led Congress debates its repeal. The 12.2 million figure nationwide does not include an additional 765,000 people signed up under an option in the Obama-era law called the Basic Health Plan,…

Daugaard: South Dakota Takes On Risk Under GOP Health Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he doesn’t like that House Republicans’ health care plan would require South Dakota to take on more risk under proposed funding changes for the Medicaid program. But the Republican governor said Tuesday it’s important to get control of the federal deficit. And he says that would be difficult without changing entitlements including…

Dayton: GOP Health Plan Costly To state, Hits Vulnerable

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota could lose $2 billion in federal funds within 18 months under the health care plan from congressional Republicans. Dayton says cuts to Medicaid and MinnesotaCare would put coverage at risk for 1.2 million Minnesotans. He says cuts would fall hardest on seniors, children and people with disabilities, and would hurt…

Program Developed to Help Children With Emotions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  A program developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been established in Sioux Falls, to help adults teach kids and teenagers on how to better deal with their emotions. The research-based program, called “take 5” incorporates yoga with concentration techniques and exercise movements. Creator of the program says she wanted to give alternate ways to help children…

“Strongman” Competition Lifts A Growing Sport

Second Annual Sioux Falls Event Sees More Competitors In 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- More than 20 competitors gathered in Sioux Falls Saturday to find out who gets the bragging rights as the strongest. In a crucible of several events for multiple weight classes, there’s only one goal in mind. Garner the most points to be able to call themselves South Dakota Strongest man or woman. For the second year in…