We've heard a lot about the troubles people were having signing up for insurance on Healthcare.gov.
But here in South Dakota, the numbers are going up.
The day after Healthcare.gov went online, Avera Health Plans only had two people signed up for coverage.
But now, Avera Health Plans is the one local provider which is leading the race in the healthcare marketplace.
Since the government made changes to Healthcare.gov, more and more people are not only able to gain access to the site, but they're also signing up for insurance.
But many people continue to have questions about what's best for them.
Avera Health Plans set up a place to meet with its customers to walk them through the plans.
And with Avera Health Plans enrollment numbers nearing the 1,000 mark, they tell us they're seeing noticeable improvements.
Avera Health Plans chief administrative officer, Deb Muller, said "we believe that there still is a long way to go in terms of being able to reach out to a lot of South Dakota residents for whatever reason have chosen not yet to get coverage. Or perhaps they're with an old policy that they've had and they've always been scared about changing policies because, they were concerned they might lose their policy if they changed their policy and wouldn't have coverage anymore. Well, what we're doing is that we're encouraging those folks to shop."
Deb tells us they encourage people to shop because your current policy might be more expensive than a new one in the marketplace.
But she also said it depends on the individual person. For some of us, we might find lower rates and for others, it could be higher.
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