The future of Medicaid is still up in the air in South Dakota.
Governor Dennis Daugaard asked the 2013 legislature not to expand Medicaid which pays medical expenses for low–income people because he felt there was too much uncertainty in the upcoming federal budget. Instead he assembled a task force to investigate the issue and they released their final report on Wednesday.
Task force members Senator Stan Adelstein and State Representative Dan Dryden have different takes on the decisions in the report.
Adelstein says "expanding medicaid will reduce the cost to the state by far more than we would have spent had we included I
"I haven't really taken a solid position yet, like I said. I can understand both sides of the issue coming in this next legislative session" Dryden says.
The report includes several recommendations such as terminating the program if federal funding drops below 90 percent, creating financial incentives to keep people healthy, and monitoring the quality of care.