South Dakota State News

For immediate release: Thursday, September 16, 2021
DSS media contact: Steve Long,, 605.773.5465

South Dakota receives funding for rural health transformation

PIERRE – The Department of Social Services (DSS) has received up to $ 5 million in federal funding to transform the way health care is delivered in rural communities.

South Dakota Medicaid, a division of DSS, will serve as the lead organization for this rural health transformation opportunity. South Dakota Medicaid is one of the state’s largest healthcare buyers, providing healthcare coverage to more than 140,000 of South Dakota’s approximately 884,000 residents.

“The rural landscape of South Dakota presents unique challenges for the delivery of health services,” said Laurie Gill, Secretary to the Cabinet of DSS. “These funds will help address access to healthcare issues in rural areas of the state and accelerate the state’s transition to more innovative payment methods and value-based purchasing.”

South Dakota is one of four states that have received funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) model. The objectives of CMS-funded projects are to increase access to care and improve the quality of care and health outcomes for rural Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and to increase the financial stability of rural providers.

The implementation of the transformation project will begin in January 2023.

More information on the CHART program is available at More information about the DSS project received funding to implement can be found at


The South Dakota Department of Social Services is dedicated to strengthening and supporting individuals and families by promoting cost-effective and comprehensive services in conjunction with our partners that foster independent and healthy families. For more information, please visit

This project is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in financial assistance totaling $ 5 million, funded at 100 percent by CMS / HHS. The content is that of the author (s) and does not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS / HHS, or the United States government.

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