A state task force studying the possibility of expanding South Dakota's Medicaid program is hammering out the details of a report for Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature.
The task force won't recommend whether Medicaid should be expanded, but instead will identify the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
The group is considering the benefits to low-income people, the cost to the state and the capacity of the health care system to handle more patients.
States have the option of expanding Medicaid to cover more people considered too poor to get private insurance. Daugaard and the Legislature decided earlier to delay a decision on expanding the state-federal program that provides medical care for low-income people.
South Dakota's Medicaid program covers about 116,000 people. Expanded eligibility would add about 48,000 more.
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