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Public News Service - SD: Health Issues

A bill in the South Dakota Legislature could expand the number of nurse practitioners and midwives working in rural parts of the state. (Jerry Oster)

PIERRE, S.D. -- A bill that could expand the scope of services from nurse practitioners and nurse midwives has made it halfway through the South Dakota Legislature. Senate Bill 61 would allow the state Board of Nursing to license nurse practitioners. Its sponsor, Sen. Deb Soholt of Sioux Falls, sa

A bill introduced into the South Dakota Legislature would mandate CPR training in state high schools.

PIERRE, S.D. – A bill just introduced in the South Dakota Legislature on behalf of the American Heart Association would add CPR training as a requirement for high-school students. Senate Bill 140 is co-sponsored by 12 senators and 10 representatives. A similar bill was introduced in 2014, but

AARP is trying to head off possible changes to Medicare. (medicare.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Despite campaign pledges made by now President Trump, there is concern that some in Congress may move to change Medicare to a voucher-based system. AARP is launching a campaign to protect the program. Erik Gaikowski, the state director of AARP in South Dakota, says that w

People are still able to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and a deadline for coverage is fast approaching. (healthcare.gov)

YANKTON, S.D. -- Republicans in Congress are going all-out to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But it hasn't happened yet, and coverage is still available - but enrollment deadlines are coming up fast. People interested in signing up for health insurance that starts March 1 have to hurry, the sign-

Sign up is now underway for changes to Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. (Medicare.gov)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Now is the time for senior citizens to review their Medicare Part D coverage and make changes as necessary. Medicare Part D provides prescription drug benefits to those who qualify. Erik Gaikowski, director of AARP South Dakota, said this open enrollment period is a good time

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1. (Jerry Oster)

LAKE ANDES, S.D. — The signup for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act opening on November 1st, but there are still a lot of unknowns. Alexa Raymond is a navigator with the Rural Office of Community Services in Lake Andes. "At this point we do not have a provider list available

Sioux Falls gets high marks for livability from its residents over age 50 in a new survey. (Wikimedia Commons)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A new survey shows that older residents of Sioux Falls find it a desirable place to live, and they want to stay in their homes as long as possible. In the survey, sponsored by AARP South Dakota, 81 percent of respondents - all age 50 or older - said they own their homes,

Thousands of South Dakotans will be walking to raise money for cardiovascular research and education programs aimed at reducing people's risk of heart attacks and strokes. (American Heart Association)

PIERRE, S.D. - Thousands of South Dakotans will be focusing on heart health this weekend. The annual Sioux Falls Heart Walk starts Saturday, and the idea is to raise money to help fight heart disease and stroke - two of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to the American Heart Associati

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