Instead, he set up the Medicaid Opportunities and Challenges Task Force to fully weigh the issues at hand. And Monday, members in Rapid City had a chance to sift through the information.
Deborah Bowman, Senior Advisor to Gov. Daugaard, says, "We're not here to recommend whether we expand Medicaid or not. What we're here to do is to say what are the pros of the State of South Dakota if we choose to expand Medicaid and what are the cons and disadvantages if we choose to expand Medicaid."
One of the issues at hand is the cost to the state. As it stands now, the federal government would pick up 100 percent of expansion costs, but that would gradually be reduced to 90 percent. Bowman says Task Force members will meet again Tuesday and again in the future in Sioux Falls, and will have a final report ready for the governor by mid-September.