South Dakota proposes plan to expand Medicaid

September 28, 2015

South Dakota may join 30 other states in expanding its Medicaid program if federal officials approve a plan Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to outline to the nation’s top health and human services administrator in Washington. The Republican governor is meeting with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to explain the plan, and the federal government has so far been more open to discussions than in the past. The proposal, which is in its early stages, would make about 48,500 South Dakota residents newly eligible for the program. It’s expected to cost the state between $30 and $33 million starting in 2020, which would be offset by federal funding.