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Dennis Daugaard

Daugaard may seek Medicaid expansion in budget address

Gov. Dennis Daugaard wants to make an additional 55,000 South Dakota residents eligible for Medicaid if he can get assurances that the plan's cost would be offset by budget savings and would improve health care for Native American residents.

During a recent interview with The Associated Press, Daugaard said he plans to propose the expansion in his budget address next month, provided the conditions are met, before sending it to the Legislature for approval. A coalition he established to explore the viability of expanding Medicaid is set Wednesday to review new projections about the number of eligible residents and the potential cost.

Such a proposal would be a departure...