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Thune applauds ruling on women’s contraception

June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Republicans say they’re pleased with a Supreme Court decision that says for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

But state Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Knecht says the decision will m…continue reading on

A tale of two health care exchanges

June 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — A year ago, Minnesota and Maryland were at a similar place in developing new websites for their health insurance exchanges.

Both states were using a similar group of information technology vendors, and Minnesota and Maryland were help…continue reading on

There’s an app for health care: Website developer invents Medytex

June 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — It started as an idea for an app that could give instant feedback to restaurants. Now, it seeks to make health care better and more affordable.
Medytex is the most recent addition to the Technology Incubator at the North Dakota State Unive…continue reading on

Gap in addiction treatment from ‘essential benefits’ standard

June 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — There’s an unintended gap in adult residential treatment for addictions because of North Dakota’s selection of the basic “essential services” coverage under the Affordable Care Act, service providers and mental health advocates say….continue reading on

Avera lands Medicare long-term care grant

May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

A federal Medicare grant to the Avera system will provide better care to residents in long-term care, officials said Friday.

The $8.8 million Health Care Innovation award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center will…continue reading on

SD gov allows insurers to renew ‘non-compliant’ plans

April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota will allow insurers to renew existing insurance plans for individuals and small groups, regardless of whether the plans comply with the provisions of the nation’s new health care law.

Daugaa…continue reading on

Sebelius: I’m responsible for debacle: Health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes

April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, a White House official said on Thursday.
Her departure removes one li…continue reading on

THUNE: Obamacare creates disincentives to work

February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

In January, we added a mere 113,000 jobs to the U.S. economy and the labor force participation rate reached a 35-year low — the lowest [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”555302″,”attributes”:{“alt”:”",”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”…continue reading on

SD panel rejects request for Medicaid expansion

February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota legislative panel has killed a measure intended to expand Medicaid eligibility for all people below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

The House Health and Human Services committee has voted 9-3 to defeat th…continue reading on

Sanford to give abortion doctors admitting rights: Contested North Dakota law requires credentials at area hospital

February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — Sanford Health has granted hospital admitting privileges to licensed physicians who perform abortions at a Fargo women’s clinic, the first area hospital to allow abortion doctors to satisfy a new state requirement.
The law that establish…continue reading on