Doctors Urge State To Expand Medicaid Program
by Associated Press
October 19, 2013 12:40 PM
South Dakota doctors are renewing pressure on Gov. Dennis Daugaard to expand the state's Medicaid program.
Dr. Daniel Heinemann, president of the South Dakota State Medical Association, told a group of 50 physicians in Rapid City that failure to expand Medicaid could have an effect on all South Dakotans.
Heinemann says if Medicaid is not expanded, low-income people without insurance will still seek expensive emergency care. He says hospitals then shift the cost of those unpaid bills to people with private insurance.
Daugaard has not yet decided whether South Dakota should expand the program to cover an additional 48,000 people. He says he is worried that the federal government may not live up to its promise to fund the expansion in the long term.