After Governor Dennis Daugaard's budget address Tuesday afternoon, many organization began to evaluate the positives and negative effects it could have on their future. South Dakota AARP is one of those organizations.
AARP volunteer State President Dennis Eisnach says they are happy with the proposed increase of 3% to Medicaid providers, but it doesn't restore funding to its former glory. "While this increase is important and necessary to account for inflation and the ever increasing cost of providing care, it does not restore funding to pre-20011 budget cut levels."
Eisnach also says AARP is reaching out to urge Daugaard to participate in the Medicaid Expansion under the ACA. "Doing so would provide health coverage to an estimated 4,227 South Dakota residents age 50-64," said Eisnach. "More than 11% of this group was uninsured from 2009-2011. AARP believes not only will this expand health coverage to those who need it, but it will save the state money in the long run by in part, reducing the need for other medical service programs currently paid for by the state."
There are more than 100,000 members in the South Dakota AARP.