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Old 01-19-2016, 07:59 PM   #1
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My wife has run into a dilemma about health insurance in South Dakota. We've been full-timers for the past three years and sold our home and no longer have an "official residence". We are using Americas Mailbox services in South Dakota for our mailing address. We've registered our trailer and tow vehicle in South Dakota. Additionally we have South Dakota drive licenses. She had Humana insurance last year, but this insurance plan is no longer available. She applied for another plan in South Dakota through the Federal Government Market place website and was informed that she was eligible for health insurance. The insurance company informed us that we will need a utility bill with a South Dakota address. Without the utility bill they would deny her application. Contacted the Federal Market place and were referred to the South Dakota Insurance Division. The insurance division informed us that there are no health care plan available for us without having a means of verifying our residency (aka utility bill)
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Has anyone else experienced this problem? Help please. Thanks Jim
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:30 PM   #2
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I would get in touch with the people at AMB, surely they have run into this situation before. They've been very helpful to us in the past.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:37 PM   #3
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sorry to hear of your issue. it seem that is happening all over..

A lot of full timers have make the switch to florida for that very reason. If you check out Healthcare & Health Insurance Options for Full Time RVers | Technomadia or these guys Health Care Wheeling It as they had the same issues with SD and a may be ready to "move" to florida. They may be domiciled in Texas which is having issues as well.

I have a local RV guy that "lives" in SD and had the same issue he was telling me earlier this year..
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:58 PM   #4
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MRPREZ and CARL2591;

Thanks for the info and the quick reply. It looks like there might be an option or two. My wife will be Medicare eligible in 15 months. Here's hoping nothing major happens between now and then. Again thanks.
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Go to Wheeling It – Living the Fulltime RV Dream with 12 Paws, 40 Feet and the Open Road and click on Health Care.
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:25 PM   #6
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Contact the guys at benefitgeek.com. They can get you insurance without verifying your address through a bill. I'm in the same situation. Had zero problems getting insurance and they even saved me some money.
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Thanks for all of your suggestions.
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I'm registered in SD and have both Federal Blue Cross and Medicare and have had no problems.
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I'm registered in SD and have both Federal Blue Cross and Medicare and have had no problems.

So do we, but not everyone can get Federal BCBS.
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Al - K4GLU and MRPREZ;

If you have Medicare you can be enrolled with BCBS or other plans in South Dakota, but my wife is 16 months from being Medicare eligible. Please let me know if you are not receiving Medicare, as I would like to discuss how you were able to get enrolled without providing things like a the utility bill. Again thanks for your information. Jim
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We are not eligible for Medicare yet. My wife is a retired Federal employee and all we had to do was to change our address with FedBlue. No questions asked at all.
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MRPREZ;

That makes sense. I don't we would qualify for FedBlue as neither one of us had work for the Federal government. I'm assuming that would be a requirement.
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That makes sense. I don't we would qualify for FedBlue as neither one of us had work for the Federal government. I'm assuming that would be a requirement.
Yes, it is one of the many medical plans Federal employees can choose from.
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SO that make that option not an option for many that domicile in SD, hence the issue is still a problem for many RVers.

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Yes, it is one of the many medical plans Federal employees can choose from.
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