Sanford Health Plan Now Available To Employer Groups in North Dakota

Local Independent Agents Offering Plans

(Sioux Falls, SD & Fargo, ND) – Employer groups in North Dakota can now choose Sanford Health Plan for their health insurance needs. The North Dakota Insurance Department has completed its approval process, announcing this morning it has approved rates and forms for Sanford Health Plan’s group product line. This final step allows independent, local insurance agents to begin offering Sanford Health Plan to small and large employer groups. This summer the Health Plan will roll out its Medicare product (Select) in ND and later this year, its individual product (elite1) in ND, individual insurance for self-employed individuals, college students, farmers and small business owners. The Health Plan is also working on licensing in north western Minnesota.

Established in 1998 as a physician-directed health plan, Sanford Health Plan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanford Health. The non-profit entity currently covers more than 64,000 lives and serves South Dakota, northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota, and now North Dakota. Sanford Health Plan provides coverage through most health care providers and is not exclusive to Sanford – MeritCare physicians.

"People interested in our products should ask their local agent about health insurance from Sanford Health Plan or ask their company to consider a switch to Sanford Health Plan," stated Ruth Krystopolski, President of Sanford Health Plan. "We are committed to working through local, North Dakota insurance agents. By appointing these agents to sell our plans, local businesses and also communities are supported. North Dakota agents’ initial response to sell our plan has been extremely positive. After the initial media coverage of our approval to provide insurance in the state, we received an influx of phone calls from agents. They really want to sell our health plan."

For more information about Sanford Health Plan, visit www.sanfordhealthplan.com.

About Sanford Health & MeritCare

Sanford Health & MeritCare consists of two long-standing health systems in the Dakotas who merged in 2009; Sanford Health based in Sioux Falls, SD and MeritCare based in Fargo, ND. The largest rural not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation, Sanford Health & MeritCare serves six states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma). It includes 30 hospitals with a total of 1,600 beds, as well as more than 800 physicians in numerous clinics in more than 70 specialty areas of medicine. With 17,400 employees, Sanford Health & MeritCare is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. For more information, visit www.sanfordmeritcare.com.


Contact:
Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
(605) 328-7056 | jonesst@sanfordhealth.org