PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state task force says expanding South Dakota's Medicaid program would improve health care for thousands of low-income people, but it also could put a strain on medical providers and increase state spending.
The task force did not recommend whether Medicaid should be expanded. But at a meeting in Pierre on Tuesday it identified the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. The panel's report will eventually go to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature so they can decide whether Medicaid is expanded.
Under the federal health care overhaul, states have the option of expanding Medicaid to cover more people considered too poor to get private insurance.
South Dakota's Medicaid program covers about 116,000 children, adults and disabled people. Expanded eligibility would add about 48,000 people, mostly adults without children.