Flooding Hits Southeast South Dakota, New Health Insurance Choice for Iowans

Sep 12, 2019

Flood warnings in South Dakota on Sept.12, 2019

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The debate for 10 Democratic presidential candidates unfolds in Houston tonight, and here in Sioux City, there will be watch parties.

The debate begins at 7 p.m., and watch parties will be held in support of candidates Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker in Sioux City

Flooding around Madison South Dakota has caused some residents to evacuate.

The Lake County Sheriff urged people not to drive through Madison as crews were busy moving some people from the flooded area.  It has received 3 to 5 inches of rain in the latest storm. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says flooding closed a section of Interstate 90 near Mitchell. 

Meanwhile, residents and business owners in Sioux Falls are dealing with the aftermath of destructive tornadoes and straight-line winds. Crews worked today to remove fallen trees and debris that have littered streets after three tornadoes touched down.

State regulators have approved two short-term health insurance plans for sale in Iowa, according to Radio Iowa.

These are 364-day plans and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen says they are an option for healthy Iowans who cannot afford the premiums for individual policies being sold in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The approved plans are sold by Golden Rule Insurance Company and United States Fire  Insurance Company.

In-hospital services will be covered, including surgeries and emergency room visits, as well as out-of-hospital care like going to the doctor — even if it's via a video “telemedicine” link. Customers will be able to renew policies for three years. The plans do have higher deductibles, however.