Health

Open Enrollment To Begin Wednesday Under Affordable Care Act

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins Wednesday, and there could be some problems for states that rely on the federal marketplace, now that the Trump administration has slashed spending. Also, the signup period has been cut in half, to six weeks. And the online marketplace, healthcare.gov, will be shut down for 12 hours…

SFFR Looking To Protect Members From Cancer

The International Association of Firefighters says cancer is the leading cause of death for firefighters

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A firefighter’s job is dangerous. There’s no doubt about that. Crews face the potential of getting badly burned, or not being able to escape the flames. But the International Association of Firefighters says these are not the most dangerous risks. Cancer is claiming more of their lives than anything else. When a fire breaks out, speediness…

Salem Fire Department Remembers Fallen Brother

Tracy Morehead, 39, died in a two-vehicle car accident on I-90 east of Mitchell

SALEM, S.D. – A fire department west of Sioux Falls says this week has been rough, after finding out early Sunday morning one of their members died in a two-vehicle car accident. Thirty-nine-year-old Tracy Morehead struck the back of an SUV east of Mitchell on I-90. The SUV he hit crashed into some cattle on the road. When working at…

GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions On Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two top Republicans are proposing a bill for restoring federal payments to insurers that includes tough conditions sought by the White House and congressional conservatives. It has no chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to kill it. The plan would pay the subsidies for two years. It would also temporarily halt tax penalties…

Local Polio Survivor Speaks to Recognize World Polio Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Polio still affects the lives of children in three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, but the Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary Club is fighting back.  Tomorrow is World Polio Day. Health officials say the number of cases diagnosed each year is down by more than 99 percent.  Rotaries across the world have contributed more than $1.7 billion…

Director, Nursing & Clinical Services | Clear Lake

Sanford Health/Clear Lake

Administers the nursing program in a hospital, nursing home, or other medical facility to maintain standards of patient care. Requires an advanced degree in nursing and is licensed as a Registered Nurse. Responsible for the overall quality of care provided by the organization’s nursing personnel. Advises medical staff, department heads, and administrators in matters related to nursing service and strategies….

Higher Risk For Sex Trafficking During Big Events Like Hunting Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Thousands of people are coming into the state for pheasant hunting season. But with that, may come some unwanted activity. The Executive Director at Call To Freedom, a nonprofit geared toward helping sex trafficking victims, says with as big of an event as hunting is, more sex trafficking can happen in the area. However, it’s hard…

ACS ‘Pink Party’ Raises $30,000 For Breast Cancer Research

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The American Cancer Society held a special event Friday night geared toward helping people battle breast cancer. But it wasn’t an ordinary event; those who participated in the ‘Pink Party’ were put to the test. To help raise money, nearly 50 women worked together in groups to pull a 26,000 lb. concrete mixer. Including a KDLT…

States Ask US Court To Keep Up Health Subsidies Cut By Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week. The monthly payments would normally be scheduled to go out Friday. The states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra,…

Uncertainty Reigns Ahead Of New Health Care Sign-Up Period

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Americans across the country are grappling with unanswered questions as they prepare to select their health insurance plans when the new sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act begins in two weeks. The uncertainty is especially pronounced in Iowa, which is seeking last-minute federal approval to revamp its insurance market. The confusion, of course, is…

New Insurance Rates Requested for 2018

Local health providers propose adjusted numbers for 2018 as Congress tries to work out a plan on subsidies

Local health care providers met a 6pm deadline on Tuesday for proposed new health insurance premium rates for 2018. Consumers still on Obamacare continue to be concerned about not only the cost of care but also access to care moving forward, according to Debra Muller, CEO of Avera Health Plans. This comes despite a bipartisan agreement reached this week that…

2018 South Dakota Health Insurance Premiums In Flux

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a stressful time of year when we are asked to renew our health insurance policies and take a look at any increased expenses we will have to pay as premiums continue to rise. On average, nationwide, those on the exchange are facing about a 20 percent hike in fees for their health insurance. Which amounts…

Director, Locum Tenens Services | Clinic Administration

Management/Sanford

Leader in innovative healthcare staffing and related services, including locum tenens and team-based staffing, transition management services, and service line consulting. Must be sales & service oriented with an operational and entrepreneurial inclination. Responsible for the sourcing and recruiting of Locum physicians and advanced practitioners, while keeping patient care and the hospital’s mission and vision foremost at all times. Responsible…

Two Mitchell Nurses Will Go Through Training To Treat Rape Victims

MITCHELL, S.D.- According to the Central Dakota Sexual Assault Response Team, the city of Mitchell sees about one to two rape cases a month. Currently victims younger than the age of 15, have to travel out of town to be seen by medical professionals but that will soon change. “Every rape case is a serious case,” says Mitchell Police Department…

State Examining Impact Of End To Health Care Subsidies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Division of Insurance is analyzing the impact of President Donald Trump’s plan to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made the announcement in a statement late Thursday. The subsidies help lower copays and deductibles for people with modest incomes. South Dakota U.S….

Minnesota To Sue Over Trump Health Care Move

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is joining a lawsuit over President Donald Trump’s decision to stop federal payments to insurers that had helped hold premiums down for people buying insurance under the Obama-era health care law. The White House announced late Thursday it would end the payments after months of speculation. States are preparing for premium spikes of 20…