Now that Governor Daugaard has asked for limited Medicaid expansion, South Dakota law makers want more state control over the program. Last month the governor asked federal officials for Medicaid expansion, but wanted to limit the number of people who would be covered in South Dakota.
Some South Dakota law makers would like the state government to be able to regulate health care funding that comes from the federal government.
Senator Bruce Rampelberg says that the governor is trying to find some middle ground when it comes to Medicaid expansion. "The governor is trying to find a way to mitigate this and try to take the middle of the road, where you help those who are most needy but without jumping into the pool in over our heads so to speak," said Rampelberg.
Representative Jacqueline Sly says that she has seen other states trying to regulate Medicaid expansion. "I just read this weekend that Utah has also been approved in some way," said Sly. "Giving more flexibility to the states in their determination of how these dollars are used rather than the federal government telling us what to do with it."
The governor has still not received an answer from the federal government as to being able to limit Medicaid expansion in South Dakota.