In the most recent legislative term, South Dakota passed SB 141, which prohibits a pharmacy benefits manager from prohibiting or penalizing a pharmacist for providing cost-sharing information on the amount a covered individual may pay for a particular prescription drug. Also in 2018, South Dakota sought to expand coverage by introducing two bills that would provide for the utilization and regulation of telemedicine in their state, though both of those bills were tabled at the end of the session.

In the 2015-2016 legislative term, South Dakota passed SB 118 to regulate healthcare price transparency. The legislation requires health carriers to provide prospective enrollees with drug formularies and detailed plan descriptions that explain plan coverage limitations and their financial impact on enrollees (e.g., co-insurances, out-of-pocket expenses, etc.).

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from 2017-2019 and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.

*Note: 2019 legislative session updates are currently in progress. Check back weekly for updates. 

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South Dakota’s current legislative term runs from 1/8/2019 – 3/29/2019. South Dakota’s next legislative term will begin in 2020.


  • Voters in the November 2014 election cycle approved Initiated Measure 17 with a 62-38 percent margin, adopting an Any Willing Provider (AWP) statute which states that no health insurer may exclude a healthcare provider from participating in the insurers panel of providers if the provider is located within the geographic coverage of the benefit plan and is willing and qualified to meet the terms and conditions of participation as established by the provider.
  • Initiated Measure 17 was opposed by health insurers because they claim it prevents carriers from controlling costs by negotiating volume discounts with providers. Insurers are also concerned that opening their networks to physician-owned specialty hospitals may incentivize cream skimming and disrupt the narrow-network trend, which otherwise allows insurers to control cost growth by excluding certain providers on the basis of their overall cost. Advocates of the measure assert that the law will protect consumer choice by allowing more providers into benefit plan panels.


South Dakota’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30 and is referred to by the year in which it ends. The South Dakota Legislature enacted the FY 2018 Budget in the 2017 regular legislative session. To view South Dakota’s Department of Health FY 2018 spending plan, visit pages 26-29.