With 89% of residents covered in South Dakota, this state has one of the strongest coverage percentages of Health Insurance across the country (the 13th best rate of insurance coverage among residents). Still, there are 11% of residents uninsured, and these residents could go through financial distress in case they have to go through a medical emergency. The percentage of residents insured is slightly higher than it was five years ago, but still lower than what it was twenty years ago. Health Insurance across the state is one of the things South Dakota has been working consistently on over the past years, and it seems to be working.
The percentage of employers offering health insurance to employees is one of the key factors that, if increased, could reduced the overall percentage of residents without Health Insurance across the State. While it is still somewhat low (48.1% percent of South Dakota employers offer health benefits), 77.1% of those workers take the plans offered by their employers.
South Dakota’s has a health system that is in a very good position when compared to the rest of the country, but it still has great room for improvement. With only 107 primary care physicians for every 100,000 residents, and a rate 76 unnecessary hospitalizations per 1,000 Medicare enrollees), South Dakota needs to increase the effectiveness of its system. Adequacy is well, with 92.1% of its residents getting medical care when needed. Federally Qualified Health Centers serve 22.2% of residents under the 200% FPL, a great number within the US.
If you’re looking for Health Insurance coverage in South Dakota, we suggest visiting the site of the South Dakota Division of Insurance, which regulates Health Insurance for this state. They have a list of all licensed companies and agents authorized to sell you Health Insurance in South Dakota.