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The Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period is just around the corner, and it's going to be much shorter than it was in prior years.  The ACA have been in the news this year, but the process for enrolling and the financial assistance available will be the same as they were in prior years.  The law remains fully intact.

2018 MARKETPLACE OPEN ENROLLMENT ONLY 6 WEEKS LONG: November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017

November 1: Open Enrollment begins. Apply for or change your coverage.
December 15: Open Enrollment ends. This is the last day you can apply for 2018 coverage.  

  • Open enrollment is your only opportunity to buy insurance coverage through the Marketplace without a qualifying event. 
  • Coverage is still guaranteed, regardless of pre-existing conditions. 
  • All plans purchased during open enrollment will take effect January 1, 2018.
  • Premiums for older enrollees continue to be capped at no more than three times the premiums for younger enrollees.
  • All new major medical plans are still required to cover essential health benefits. 
  • Financial assistance provided by the ACA will continue in 2018. Premium tax credits and cost sharing subsidies continue in the exchange for people with incomes up to 400 percent of the poverty level.
  • Consumers who do not choose a health insurance plan will be auto-enrolled and locked into the same (or similar) plan for 2018 on December 16th. Consumers are encouraged to review and select their preferred plan by December 15th to avoid being auto enrolled in a plan that may not meet their needs.

South Dakotans can call or visit free in-person assisters (Navigators and Certified Application Counselors) to discuss their healthcare options and enroll in an insurance plan.  Click here to find local assistance.

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Get Vaccinated for the Flu
Children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities are particularly vulnerable and at increased risk for influenza complications. Parents and caregivers should take steps to make sure everybody in the household is as protected as possible. Ensure children with special needs receive a flu vaccination annually. Vaccinations of other household members will provide additional protections, especially if a child with special health needs is unable to be vaccinated.

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South  Dakota Survey Results - Report by American Academy of Pediatrics Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health
                Thanks to the South Dakota families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) that completed the survey!

Conclusion:  Parents in South Dakota are encountering many access, coverage and payment issues, and expressed frustration with the lack of available assistance based on survey results. Many survey respondents were parents of CYSHCN, and several reported that they were unable to obtain recommended care due to issues coordinating care and unmanageable out-of-pocket expenses. There are opportunities to make meaningful improvements in the health care of maternal and child health populations in the state.

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Delta Dental Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program

The primary mission of the Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program is to treat children ages 0-21.  The Dakota Smiles program is designed to assist people who do not have access to care and who do not have a dental home (children who have not seen a dentist for two years or live more than 85 miles from a dentist). No child will be turned away for inability to pay for services.  The Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program includes two trucks that are fully equipped dental offices on wheels. Services provided include: diagnostic and preventive procedures, restorative procedures and tooth extractions.

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