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April 28, 2007

Group begins health insurance study

A task force studying health care coverage in the state will find out first who doesn’t have medical insurance and why.

A polling firm will update studies on uninsured South Dakotans done in 2001 and 2004, said Kevin Forsch, a governor’s staff member who is coordinating the project.

The goal, Forsch said, is to answer the questions, “Who are the uninsured? Why are they uninsured? How long have they been uninsured?”

A 2001 study concluded that 8.1 percent of South Dakota residents lacked insurance. A 2004 update put the figure at 8.5 percent.

The so-called Zaniya Task Force was created by the 2007 Legislature after bills died that would have required health care coverage for all residents. Many lawmakers and Gov. Mike Rounds said that was premature without current data on the number of people without insurance and the reasons they lack coverage.

Zaniya is a Lakota word meaning good health.

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Posted by healthinsurance at April 28, 2007 10:13 PM