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SD Lawmakers Continue Medicaid Expansion Talks

January 24, 2014, 1:22 PM

SD Lawmakers Continue Medicaid Expansion Talks
PIERRE, SD -

South Dakota legislative leaders from both parties say they still discussing the possibility of expanding the Medicaid program to provide medical care to more poor people.

House Democratic Leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton says he's confident something can be passed during the current legislative session.

Hunhoff says discussions have focused on providing Medicaid coverage only to those people most in need. He says South Dakota also should adopt a provision that would halt an expansion if the federal government fails to meet its pledge to cover most of the cost.

Assistant House Republican Leader Justin Cronin of Gettysburg says lawmakers are talking about it. But he says federal officials so far have been reluctant to allow states flexibility in how they expand Medicaid.

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