PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state task force studying the possibility of expanding South Dakota’s Medicaid program is wrapping up its work.
The task force will not recommend whether Medicaid should be expanded, but instead will identify the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. The panel meets today to finish its report. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature will have the final say on expanding Medicaid.
States have the option of expanding Medicaid to cover more people considered too poor to get private insurance. The governor and the Legislature decided earlier this year to delay a decision on expanding the state-federal program that provides medical care for low-income people.
South Dakota’s Medicaid program now covers about 116,000 children, adults and disabled people. Expanded eligibility would add an estimated 48,000 people, mostly adults without children.
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