What was I saying about controversial measures in the prior post? Here’s an interesting item that just found it’s way to my mailbox in the face of Medicaid Expansion’s opposition in the state from groups such as Americans for Prosperity and many Republicans:
From: Jennifer Stalley
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 1:59 PM
To: Jennifer Stalley
Subject: Medicaid Expansion – Make Your Voices Heard
Thank you for your support of the Governor’s proposal to expand Medicaid to 50,000 South Dakotans who need assistance with their healthcare. The proposal accomplishes this in a way that is budget neutral for our State and makes sense for South Dakota. We need your help to convince legislators to support us.
We continue to gain supporters – more than 50 diverse organizations representing health care, education, business, tribal and local government interests have signed on in support of the proposal. Thank you for being one of those organizations and for standing up in support of this common sense proposal to providing health care access for some our poorest working families and improving the health care of our tribal citizens.
Now we need you and your organization to lend your voice and contact legislators to tell them you support of the proposal. Please ask your board members and grassroots supporters to contact their legislators via e-mail or phone next week. Let them know:
– The plan to expand Medicaid will not increase South Dakota’s general fund budget;
– Expansion of Medicaid means providing mental health services and substance abuse services to all Medicaid patients who need it;
– 60% of the expansion population is working – these are the working poor who need help with their health care coverage;
– The expansion plan will save local governments millions of dollars in indigent care;
– We have a unique opportunity to solve a long-standing reimbursement issue with Indian Health Services and help 50,000 South Dakotans with their health care coverage
A simple phone call or email from your members will help legislators see the depth and diversity of support for the Governor’s proposal and counter the out of state interests working to persuade them to oppose the plan.
Please ask your membership to send an e-mail their legislator to show support for the expansion proposal. They can send an e-mail to a legislator by clicking HERE. Or, have them call their legislators, if they prefer. They can call Senators at 605-773-3821 and Representatives at 605-773-3851.
If you have folks who can attend this weekend’s cracker barrels/legislative coffees this weekend, please encourage them to do so. The meetings this weekend are in:
Brookings Brookings City & County Building 9:00 – 10:30
Huron Huron City Hall 9:00
Rapid City New Classroom – School of Mines 9:00 – 11:00
Spearfish BHSU Joy Room 9:00
Vermillion Vermillion City Hall 10:00 – 12:00
We are making a difference and our voices are getting stronger – please continue to help us move the Governor’s plan forward so we can improve health care in South Dakota.
P.S. Watch for a message early next week about the launch of our social media efforts and website to help encourage even more people to contact legislators and show support for this plan!
And they have a logo, and everything. Not sure what form their social media campaign is going to take, but I’m sure this will be interesting to watch.