SD Senate rejects Medicaid expansion, leaving it to election

MedicaidPIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal to expand Medicaid health coverage eligibility was rejected in the South Dakota Senate.

This leaves the decision to voters in the November election.

Republican Sen. Wayne Steinhauer had brought a proposal to the Legislature to make Medicaid, a federal-state health insurance program for low-income people, available to people who live below 133% of the federal poverty level. The Senate rejected the bill on a 12 to 23 vote.

But a campaign backed by South Dakota’s major health care systems is trying to get voters to pass a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid eligibility on the November ballot.

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