KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

The Medicaid Expansion Debate Continues

Bookmark and Share

South Dakota Legislators talked abortion, tax hikes and education Saturday. But at Saturday morning’s third legislative coffee, there was one topic that got everyone talking.

It’s an ongoing debate that began before the session did.
"We need to take some serious thought of where we draw the line, of who we can help and how much we can help them,” said State Rep. Manny Steele.

And with a bill in both house and senate committees regarding the expansion of Medicaid, the final decision is far from certain.  

What is certain though, is how legislators feel about it.  

“We need to take care of the program we currently have in place,” said State Rep. Christine Erickson.

“We should look at the Medicaid expansion in its totality,” said State Sen. Mark Johnston.

“....The Affordable Care Act, I have a hard time saying it's affordable,” said State Rep. Jim Stalzer.

“It will lift the economic development in our state,” said State Rep. Karen Soli.

 Democratic Rep. Karen Soli believes expanding the state’s Medicaid program will only make South Dakota stronger.

"I see it as really important because anything that keeps our people healthier is good for the economic development of the state,” said Soli.

Soli said expanding the program to be apart of the Affordable Care Act would give 48,000 South Dakotans health care.

“That is the working poor, and those are the people that need help,” said Soli.

But Republican Rep. Hal Wick said those new people would cost the state even more than expected, because the feds may not be able to foot their portion of the bill.

 “Those federal dollars aren't there, and its not even guaranteed for three years anymore because they are already talking about doing a blended rate, which will cost us even more,” said Rep. Wick.

Wick said the state will already be paying between $434 and $435 million in Medicaid costs for 2013. And he said the argument that expanding the program will help South Dakota’s economy, is in invalid.

 “Economic development doesn’t take money from government, economic development is best when it gets a business started that will hire people and produces income that stays in the state,” Wick said.

For 2013, Wick said there is only $4 million in the state’s Medicaid budget to cover new Medicaid users. And over the next year, the amount of people using Medicaid could go from 112,000 to 116,000.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Laura And Brian Preview This Weekend's Movies  story with video

In this week's edition of Morning Matinee, Laura Monteverdi and ...

Annual FamilyFest Expects Crowd Of 20,000  story with video

It's a day filled with inflatables, rides and fun activities for the whole family!  The ...

Pierre Library Director Says Fines Long Overdue

The director of the public library in Pierre wants to crack down on people ...

Mines Students, Others Present Research In Pierre  Jul. 25

Survey Finds Support For Atlantic Salmon In Oahe  Jul. 25

Council Members Call For Alcohol Ban Now   story with video  Jul. 24

Local Business Helps Employee Battling Cancer  story with video  Jul. 24

"Flags In The Wind" On Display At Falls Park  Jul. 24

Project S.O.S. Gears Up for Free Distribution  story with video  Jul. 24

Sioux Falls City Hall Renovates Ground Floor  Jul. 24

Accidents Used As Lessons In Driver's Ed  story with video  Jul. 24

Insurers Owe $2,600 In Refunds In South Dakota  Jul. 24

Feds: Minn. Receives 173 Immigrant Children  Jul. 24

21 Unaccompanied Children Placed With SD Sponsors  Jul. 24

SD Museum, Collector Dispute Elvis' Broken Guitar  Jul. 24

Last Defendant Sentenced For Defrauding Programs  Jul. 24

Patterson Arraigned For Kidnapping, Assault  Jul. 24

A Second RAGBRAI Rider Has Died  Jul. 24

Canton Area Car Show Gives Back  story with video  Jul. 24

Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar  Jul. 24

KDLT News Archive

Local Business Helps Employee Battling Cancer  story with video

Life can change in an instant and  local real ...

A Second RAGBRAI Rider Has Died

A RAGBRAI participant from Sioux City has been found dead in his ...

Patterson Arraigned For Kidnapping, Assault

The man accused of killing the son of Minnesota ...

Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar  Jul. 24

14 Clear Lake Co-workers Claim $230,000 Jackpot  Jul. 24

Council Members Call For Alcohol Ban Now   story with video  Jul. 24

Hearing Set For Iowan Held As Deaths Case Witness  Jul. 24

21 Unaccompanied Children Placed With SD Sponsors  Jul. 24

KDLT News Archive

Birds swept in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, MN - The Sioux Falls Canaries (22-44) were unable to reverse their fortunes on the ...

SF West wins Region 2-A title  story with video

SF West went through Region 2-A unbeaten after winning the title game 11-1 over Yankton. Luke ...

Chris Dixon is retiring from Indoor Football  story with video

Legendary Indoor Football QB Chris Dixon has decided to hang it up ...

Brookings Bandits getting closer to goals  story with video  Jul. 24

Cowboys love the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo  story with video  Jul. 24

Brookings, SF West make State "A" Legion Tournament  Jul. 23

Birds drop 3rd straight at St. Paul  Jul. 23

Scheels Plays of the Week from July 14th-20th  story with video  Jul. 23

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top