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SD governor still hopes for Medicaid waiver

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he still hopes federal officials will eventually decide to let the state expand its Medicaid program in a way that would provide medical services to fewer people than envisioned in the federal health overhaul law.

Federal officials indicated in a phone call this week that they are not willing to let South Dakota do a partial expansion of Medicaid, but Daugaard says those federal officials may change their minds.

The federal law gives states the option of expanding Medicaid to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Daugaard and Republican lawmakers want to expand eligibility only up to 100 percent of the poverty level because those above that mark can buy subsidized private insurance through the new health care law.

 

 

 

 

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