Passage of health reform was one of my proudest moments in elective office. Thanks to this law, patients remain in control of their health care, insurance companies are forced to play by the rules and the stranglehold of skyrocketing premiums on family budgets is broken. I know that when the dust settles, South Dakotans will see the positive impact this bill will have on our economy and their bottom line.
Tim speaking on the Senate floor in favor of health care reform in December, 2009.
Passage of the health reform law more than three years ago began a fundamental transition of our health care system. While many provisions are yet to be implemented, the law has already made great strides in improving access to quality, affordable health care for folks in South Dakota.
As this process continues forward, I want to ensure that all South Dakotans understand their rights and responsibilities, as well as what benefits and resources are available. Below you will find information on where we are and where we are going, along with links to additional materials and useful tools to ensure you are equipped to make the best decisions for you and your family.
Where we are today…
Since September 2010, individuals have benefited from consumer protections in the health reform law that improve care, protect choice and reduce costs while ending insurance industry abuse and giving South Dakota families control of their care.
You can learn more about patient’s rights and protections and additional key features of the law here.
Beginning in 2014...
You can review previous and upcoming milestones in health reform implementation at the following links:
Please monitor HealthCare.gov for updated information on these resources.
I remain committed to ensuring health reform delivers improvements for South Dakotans of all ages, and that includes providing accurate information about the health reform measure as our nation makes the transition in the months and years to come.