PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — For once, state legislators didn’t have to pinch pennies this year setting reimbursement rates for Medicaid-type of services in South Dakota.
There was enough confidence to grant 2.4% inflationary increases across the board, covering 22 areas of care, for five state departments and the courts system that Governor Kristi Noem had requested.
Lawmakers also gave extra bumps for a half-dozen of them — group care, in-home services, community behavioral health, long-term care, community service providers and psychiatric group care — so they’re no longer under-funded.
“We feel like we had a good session,” Gill said. “It took a lot of work from our staff to get that done.”
She said the Legislature’s stronger revenue forecasts made for a different lawmaking session because there was more money to fight over.
One of those whose providers will benefit is Tiffany Wolfgang. The state’s director of behavioral health praised the 2.4% inflationary increase and called the full funding “fantastic.”