Health

Health Insurance Industry Warns Against Trump Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – The health insurance industry says the billions of dollars in “Obamacare” subsidies that President Donald Trump is halting are not a “bailout” that companies are using to line their coffers. America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in a joint statement Friday that the money goes to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other…

Legal Challenge Could Scuttle Prescription Drug Initiative In South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legal challenge could scuttle a ballot measure that would cap how much state agencies could pay for prescription drugs even if backers gather enough support to put it on the 2018 ballot. Industry groups have appealed to the South Dakota Supreme Court after a judge rejected their challenge to the attorney general’s explanation. Initiative supporter…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Focusing On Early Detection

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every October, we tend to see a bit more pink out and about for “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Statistics show one in eight American women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis sometime in her lifetime. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was designed as a way to…

SAB Biotherapeutics Expanding Facility to Canton

CANTON, S.D.- A Sioux Falls biopharmaceutical company is expanding on an 80-acre property near Canton. It’ll be home to cattle, but it’s not your typical farm. The animals could help people fight off diseases. Earlier Thursday morning, SAB Biotherapeutics broke ground in Canton, where a building is going up that will house the company’s transgenic cattle. SAB says the animals produce…

10-Year Anniversary of Billie Sutton’s Rodeo Accident

The State Senate Minority Leader is now paralyzed from the waist down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One decade ago, a 23-year-old man from Burke was one of the top saddle bronc riders in the world, until a rodeo accident changed everything. Life looks a lot different these days for Billie Sutton. He’s now running for South Dakota governor. Straight out of the shoot, Billie Sutton was roped into the world of riding….

Sioux Falls Pulling Mosquito Traps: Expert Looks Back At Season And West Nile Virus

South Dakota Has Seen 66 WNV Cases So Far This Year, 151 Reported in 2016

Sioux Falls is done testing mosquito populations for the season. While people are still feeling the bite from mosquitoes, the city says we’ll see a lot less in the coming weeks. City of Sioux Falls Health Program Coordinator Denise Patton said, “I know that people are still seeing mosquitoes, and the last week-and-a-half is still really fresh in people’s minds,…

Iowa Reports 1st Confirmed West Nile Virus Death For 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have announced the year’s first confirmed death from West Nile virus in Iowa. The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that an adult woman from southwest Iowa died earlier this month. The state medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, says the West Nile virus threat remains until the state’s first hard…

Golf Tournament Expected To Raise More Than $20,000 For Cancer

Willow Run Golf Course is hosting the third annual 'Birdies and Bogeys for Val' tournament

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  It’s an illness many can unfortunately relate to these days; cancer. And the Executive Director of the South Dakota Golf Association is no exception. Wade Merry lost someone very close to him two years ago. While that battle may be over, he’s not done fighting. “We really don’t want anybody else to go through what we…

Medica To Leave ND Health Insurance Exchange In 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Minnesota-based health insurer Medica plans to leave North Dakota’s health insurance exchange in 2018. North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread said Thursday that Medica does not intend to sign an agreement with the federal government to offer individual health insurance through the North Dakota exchange next year. Godfread says Medica cites the uncertainty over cost-sharing reductions…

Iowa’s Proposed Medicaid Cut Could Signal New GOP Strategy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s effort to cut a key Medicaid benefit could foreshadow other state-level efforts to change the safety net program after Congress repeatedly failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Federal health officials could decide as early as this week whether to back Iowa’s proposal. It would reduce retroactive payments for poor or disabled residents eligible…

FDA Approves 1st Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Pricks

Federal regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn’t need backup finger prick tests. Current models require users to test a drop of blood twice daily to calibrate, or adjust, the monitor. The discomfort of finger sticks and the cost of testing supplies can discourage people from keeping close tabs on their blood sugar. Abbott’s…

US Health Officials Brace For Potentially Bad Flu Season

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that’s notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors. And in the U.S., small clusters of that so-called H3N2 flu already are…

Helpline Center: 5 Percent Of Suicides In U.S. Involve Homicides, Women Perpetrators Rare

Mental Health Therapist In Sioux Falls Says Suicidal Clients Very Common

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– While South Dakota has seen several murder-suicides in the last two years, the Helpline Center says they’re rare. According to the organization, there were around 44,000 suicides in the United States last year. Among those, just five percent involved homicides. Kerry Ford says suicide is what drove her professionally. The Clinical Mental Health Therapist at Stronghold Counseling…

A Nutritionist’s Tips For Ordering Off The Kids Menu

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Many restaurants and fast food chains with kids menus claim to implement nutrition into their food choices, but does that make them healthy? Nutritionist Jenna Klepatz with Profile by Sanford has some advice for parents when navigating a kids menu. Watch the video above for some of her tips.

Analysis Says Lots Of States Lose On GOP Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -A new analysis finds that 34 states and Washington, D.C., would lose money under the newest version of the Republican health care bill. This is despite last-minute changes to the legislation. Overall, states would get $205 billion less in federal health care money from 2020-2026, according to the analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health, which was released Tuesday….