Daugaard: NO Medicaid Expansion in 2017

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Gov. Daugaard Statement On Medicaid

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement about discussions surrounding Medicaid expansion:

“On Monday, I met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and discussed the Trump Administration’s plans for repealing or reforming the Affordable Care Act. Based on that discussion, I will not recommend that South Dakota pursue Medicaid expansion in 2017.

“Over the past two years, we have been working with the federal government to reduce federal cost-shifting to the state for Native American healthcare, and those discussions led the federal government to change its policy relating to Medicaid reimbursements for Indian Health Service enrollees.

“With the national election results, the prospect of reforming Medicaid in our country is real, and I intend to work with the Trump Administration and with our congressional delegation to find a way to leverage the IHS policy change to improve access to health care through Medicaid reform. If successful, these efforts could save our state tens of millions of dollars a year.”

9 thoughts on “Daugaard: NO Medicaid Expansion in 2017

  1. Neal

    I am very pleased with Governor Duagaard’s announcement.

    The complex discussions surrounding the repeal and replacement of Obamacare in Washington requires the participation, attention and unity of every stakeholder and elected public official in South Dakota. We can not afford to be divided. The people expect nothing less.

    The issues and challenges confronting our state and nation seem overwhelming at times. The answers will be found by focusing on what brings us together-faith, family and freedom. Public policy must be fair and just to all. It must encourage self reliance, self control, self restraint and respect for the rule law. Time honored traditions of hard work, sacrifice and thrift must always be rewarded and never punished.

    While the challenges may be daunting at times, I have learned if we focus on doing all the small things right, the big things will take care of themselves. Let’s begin anew to work on the issues we have in common, and together we can accomplish great things. Then, once we have begun to solve problems we agree on, those that divide us will be so much easier.

    Again, thank you Governor Duagaard.

    Neal Tapio
    District 5 Senate elect

    btw: this wasn’t the statement I promised! 😉

  2. Anonymous

    The sun beams down on a brand new day
    No more welfare tax to pay
    Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
    Jobless millions whisked away
    At last we have more room to play
    All systems go to kill the poor tonight

    -A very prescient Jello Biafra, 1978

    1. Anne Beal

      Since Planned Parenthood has been ineffective in achieving their original goal of eradicating poor people, we might as well defund them. Makes sense to me.