Measure to have statewide vote on Medicaid work requirement clears Senate

The South Dakota Senate has approved a resolution for a 2024 ballot measure to impose work requirements for Medicaid expansion recipients. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives.

South Dakota voters in 2022 approved a constitutional amendment for expanding eligibility of the government health insurance program. Adding a work requirement to that expansion would require approval from the federal government.

Prime sponsors of the measure said Thursday that it encourages people to work. Opponents called the work requirement unnecessary, ineffective at encouraging work and said it goes against the will of the voters.


January 26, 2024