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Hospital: SD Hutterite colony moved members into Medicaid

October 2, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota hospital accuses a Hutterite colony of shifting its members into the state Medicaid program for the poor after they ring up large medical bills.

Select Specialty Hospital of Sioux Falls filed a federal lawsuit this week against Brentwood Hutterian Brethren near Faulkton after one of its members needed nearly $2 million in care.

According to the lawsuit, the member had been insured through the religious colony, which had a contract with Dakotacare to access its network of health providers.

When the hospital contacted Dakotacare about the patient’s outstanding bills in January, it was told the charges were being denied.

A spokesman for Dakotacare told the Argus Leader the insurance company doesn’t comment on pending litigation. Court records don’t list an attorney who could comment for the colony.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com