Only 23 Have Signed Up through Health-Care Exchanges in South Dakota

by Sterling Beard

The three South Dakotan health insurers participating in Obamacare haven’t exactly seen a boom in sales since the federal-exchange website went live on October 1.

Avera says it has made 21 sales while Sanford reports two. DakotaCare has made none. 

Kirk Zimmer, DakotaCare’s CEO said the slow rate of signups isn’t surprising, especially given “the poor functionality of the federal exchange and the frustration it has caused for interested consumers,” he said.

Debra Muller, spokeswoman for Avera, seemed unsurprised as well. “Overall, the implementation has gone about as we expected for something of this technical magnitude,” she said. 

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