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AARP South Dakota disappointed in Gov's increase to medical assistance

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South Dakota AARP issued a statement in support of Governor Dennis Daugaard's proposed spending increase for medical assistance, but it thinks the proposal still isn't enough.

Governor Daugaard proposed a 3 percent increase for medical assistance for South Dakota's Fiscal Year 2014. AARP South Dakota President Dennis Eisnach said in a news release that the increase accounts for inflation but it doesn't restore pre-2011 budget cut levels.

"This continues to present challenges for those providers and facilities working to meet long-term and other health care needs for individuals in the Medicaid program in South Dakota," Eisnach said in a news release.

During his budget address, Daugaard said he will not recommend the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Eisnach stated AARP South Dakota has reached out to Governor Daugaard's urging a participation in Medicaid expansion under ACA.

Eisnach said expanding Medicaid in 2014 the state can take advantage of matching federal dollars and ensure access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage for South Dakotans who need it most."

"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." Eisnach said.

Eisnach concluded the news release by saying, "AARP South Dakota appreciates the challenges the Governor and the legislature face to meet the needs of South Dakotans."

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