Contact Us

Quirk in Health Law Will Affect Native Americans in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A quirk in the federal health care law that could force tens of thousands of people who identify as Native American to start paying for insurance or pay a fine isn’t expected to affect many in the Dakotas.

Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring people to carry health insurance or pay a minimum $695 annual fine.

However, those who identify as Native American but who aren’t official members of such tribes are subject to it. Many currently receive free health care through the Indian Health Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Officials say the mandate isn’t likely to affect many American Indians in North Dakota or South Dakota because nearly all are enrolled tribal members.

More from the News Wire

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More Local News

Latest Country Music News

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kxrb.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 1000 KXRB - Classic Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 1000 KXRB - Classic Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!