South Dakota Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to South Dakota.


Disability Insurance

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources


How to File Bankruptcy in South Dakota for Free

Filing bankruptcy can be an effective way to eliminate medical bills and credit card debt among other kinds of erasable debts.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling


Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

State Fair Employment Agency
South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation, Division of Human Rights

Vocational Rehabilitation
South Dakota Department of Human Services – Rehabilitation Division

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

South Dakota Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)

South Dakota Division of Insurance

U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

COBRA-South Dakota
South Dakota Division of Insurance

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

South Dakota Medicaid Program 
South Dakota Department of Social Services

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Home & Community-Based Services Waiver Program

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
The South Dakota Children's Health Insurance Program

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Senior Health Information & Insurance Education (SHIINE)
Eastern South Dakota 800.536.8197, Central South Dakota 877.331.4834, Western South Dakota 877.286.9072

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)


Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Unemployment Insurance Division

Agency: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Information available here. File online or by phone: 605.626.3179. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Eligible claimants can expect to wait up to four weeks before initial payments. Payments are available via direct deposit or debit card. Most claimants will be required to conduct at least two job search activities per week and to report these activities when making their weekly certifications for benefits. Frequently asked questions are answered here. There is a comprehensive guidebook available. Customer service can be reached by phone: 605.626.2452 or email.

Updates related to South Dakota unemployment benefits and Covid-19:
COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Reemployment Assistance Eligibility
CARES Act Funding Updates

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

This state does not mandate insurers or HMOs doing business in state to cover routine patient costs associated with clinical trials.