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Thousands in South Dakota remain uninsured ahead of ACA deadline

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 We're closing in on the deadline for all Americans to have some type of healthcare coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

 There's just 19 days left to sign up.

 In South Dakota, there are thousands who still don't have any coverage and tonight, a warning that you're not only running out of time....but the longer you wait to act, the harder time you may have.

 When it comes to South Dakotans signing up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act, there's good news and bad news. "We are seeing an increase in enrollment here in South Dakota. It is still not to the level we would like to see." Mike Fierberg is a spokesman with the federal Department of Health and Human Services and gets daily updates on how many people in South Dakota are signed up and how many are in the process; that's how closely the Feds are watching enrollment numbers here. "The numbers we just released are about 6,765 people in the state of South Dakota are now enrolled. Another 10,000 or so are in the process of enrolling."

 Thousands more, not only in South Dakota but in neighboring Iowa and Minnesota, have not yet signed up. And with the signing deadline just 19 days away, there is a growing concern that all the last minute hold outs will try to sign up last minute and might not be able to. "There will be longer waits on the phone, there may be some times when you can't access the web site because so many people are doing so simultaneously. And the people who provide help locally will be more and more busy."

 Fierberg says the previous problems with Healthcare-dot-gov have been fixed.
 Now it's just a matter of everyone who should be signing up....getting signed up. "Just a three day stay in the hospital could easily run 20-30-40 thousand dollars. Not many of us have that kind of money in our back pocket to pay. That's what insurance is for."

 If you don't have insurance by March 31st, you may have to pay a penalty of either $95....or 1% of your taxable income for 2014..whichever is more.

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