U.S. Health Secretary discusses healthcare in South Dakota

The Secretary of Health and Human Services says South Dakotans, both young and old can benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explained to me Monday how the Affordable Care Act is making a difference in the Rushmore State.

Sebelius says 9,000 young adults now have insurance coverage because they’re included on their parent’s insurance policy. She says that’s key because young adults are among the highest level of uninsured Americans. The Health Secretary also says the Affordable Care Act has put money back in the pockets of senior citizens that have fallen in the prescription coverage gap.

“They’re getting about a discount of about $700 a piece that’s real money in people’s pockets and again there are thousands of seniors here in South Dakota that have benefited from that prescription drug discount,” Sebelius said.

Sebelius will spend the next two days visiting Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Mission, South Dakota, where she’ll discuss the health challenges tribal communities face.

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