Health

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…

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…