SD Panel Releases Report on Expanding Medicaid

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A group appointed to investigate the pros and cons of expanding Medicaid has issued its final report.

The 29-member Medicaid Opportunities and Challenges Task Force was made up of lawmakers, doctors, behavioral health providers, dentists, community health providers, hospital officials and state workers.

The Legislature this year opted not to expand the program that covers the medical expenses of low-income people.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard then assembled the task force to research the issue, gather input from people and complete a report that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of an expansion.

The report includes several recommendations, should the state decide to expand Medicaid. Among them: terminating the program if federal funding drops below 90 percent, creating financial incentives to keep people healthy and monitoring the quality of care.

Online: http://sd.gov/governor/medicaidtaskforce.aspx


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