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Health Insurance Coverage

More South Dakotans Gained Health Insurance Coverage in 2016

More South Dakotans gained health insurance coverage in 2017, according to federal data. The state's overall uninsured rate dropped from 10.3% in 2016 to 9.1% in 2017. This places the Rushmore State near the national uninsured rate of 8.7% in 2017, also down from 2016 at 10.0%.

For health insurance coverage, South Dakota ranked 35th among the 50 states, behind first-place Massachusetts at 2.8% and ahead of last-place Texas at 17.3%. Regionally, South Dakota outranked No. 45 Wyoming with a 12.3% uninsured rate. No. 3 Minnesota led the region with just 4.4% of its population under 65 without insurance.For those under 18, South Dakota ranked 33rd, up seven places from 44th in 2015. Just 4.5% of individuals under 18 were without health insurance in 2016—the same rate as the national rate. Massachusetts ranked first in this category at 0.9% in 2016. Alaska was last, at 10.0%.

Just 11.8% of individuals under 18 were without health insurance in 2017. The group with the highest rate of being uninsured were those aged 26 to 34, with a rate of 18.6%.

Of the Rushmore State’s metropolitan areas, the Rapid City metro area’s uninsured rate measured at 11.1%. By comparison, the Sioux Falls metro area dipped to 7.1% in 2017 from 2016’s 8.8% - the Sioux City metro area rate jumped to 8.4% from 6.3%

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