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Economic Impact of Health Care Enrollment

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As of Thursday, South Dakota has about 90 people signed up through the health care exchange. Rob Bates, Senior Vice President of Managed Care for Avera Health Plans, said more people are signing up. He said Avera has "been pleased so far by the sales on the exchange. Even though everyone understands it's far from an optimum shopping experience, at this time."

He said Avera Health has 61 people, from all over the state who have successfully signed up for health care. That's compared to Sanford health, which has signed up 28 people. DAKOTACARE hasn't gotten its federal numbers back yet, so they said they're at zero.

Bates said the exchange is new territory for all of them. March 31st is the deadline for health care sign up. Professor of Health at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Dr. Michael Morrisey, said people who are sick or older will benefit most from the exchange because they "are able to get coverage that is often much cheaper rather than what they would have been paying."

Morrisey said the ticket will be getting the young and fit people to sign up because they will balance it out.

Both Morrisey and Bates said they expected more people to sign up the closer we get to the deadline.

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