Avera Health announced Friday that people will get another chance to obtain health insurance for 2021.
From Feb. 15 through May 15, individuals and families can enroll in health care plans through the federal marketplace at healthcare.gov or through Avera. There is also open enrollment through May 15 for Medicare-eligible people for a Medicare Supplement Plan, with no underwriting or questions asked about chronic health conditions. The extended enrollment period comes from an executive order issued by President Joe Biden due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kaiser Family Foundations estimated 80,000 people in South Dakota were uninsured in 2019. The average hospitalization cost to treat COVID-19 ranges from $34,663-$45,683, per FAIR Health.
Active COVID-19 cases dropped for the third consecutive day in South Dakota. There are currently 2,028 active cases, with 147 new cases reported Friday, Feb. 19. Of the 720 new tests reported, 20.4% returned positive. Six new deaths were reported.
There are 91 people currently hospitalized statewide, with 42.5% of hospital beds available and 3.3% occupied by COVID-19 patients. Twelve people are in the intensive care unit and nine are on ventilators.
Nearly 17% of South Dakotans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 8.2% have been fully vaccinated. So far, 116,143 people have received one dose and 56,661 have received a complete series.