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Many young adults in the Rapid City area don't have health insurance

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Because of the jobs they take on, young people in the Rapid City area are more likely to go uninsured. A recent study by the Black Hills Knowledge Network says about 23 percent of people that are 18 to 24 years old in western South Dakota go without health insurance. The overall rate in South Dakota for people in that age group is about 14 percent.

Health experts say there are ways to help people that are uninsured and need healthcare. Tim Trithart, CEO of the Community Center of the Black Hills, says young people in the area tend to work at places that don't offer health insurance.

"We got a lot of service industry jobs here in the Black Hills and Rapid City specifically. A lot of those are obviously young people working those, so I think that there is a lot of young people that take those sort of roles you have a lot of young people that are uninsured than older people," said Trithart.

"If they don't have insurance, we're going to provide financial assistance to that patient and be able to help them pay their bill, said Mark Thompson, Chief Financial Officer at Regional Health.

Both Trithart and Thompson say whether or not it will become easier to get health coverage all depends on whether the state decides to expand medicaid eligibility

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