South Dakota health groups push Medicaid expansion

June 24, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A campaign group backed by South Dakota’s major health care systems announces it will begin gathering petition signatures for a ballot measure to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for low-income people.

Medicaid expansion is shaping up to be a major question facing voters next year with much of the debate so far centering around the financial costs and benefits of the program.

Two separate groups are launching ballot-measure campaigns for the November 2022 election.

But top Republican lawmakers are pushing voters to install into the state constitution a higher vote threshold for Medicaid expansion.