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Dakotans for Health is a grassroots network of health organizers who have an approved constitutional amendment 2022 ballot measure currently being circulated in South Dakota. South Dakota remains one of 12 states that has refused to expand Medicaid leaving 42,500 South Dakotans at great risk and hundreds of millions of dollars of federal support on the table every year.

It is unconscionable that this has been going on since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.  People have died as a result of this inaction.  People have certainly become sicker.  So many of the uninsured are working families who have to choose between paying their rent and feeding their family and purchasing prescription drugs and health insurance they simply can’t afford.


This ballot measure would cover thousands of South Dakotans who make less than $17,000 a year, bring nearly $300,000,000 dollars in federal support in the first year of implementation, create thousands of good paying jobs and new tax revenue, lower insurance premiums, shore up our ailing rural healthcare systems – the list goes on and on. This is a big deal and we need your help to get it on the ballot.

The time is now and we need your help and investment in a brighter and more progressive future in the Midwest. Dakotans for Health can take unlimited donations and we hope that you will help us.

Rick Weiland


Dakotans for Health

Why Dakotans for Health?

HHS Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield RN, PHD

Grand Forks, North Dakota

"I couldn't be more thrilled about what Dakotans for Health is doing. Their efforts will be critical to the success of South Dakota's rural health system."

Senator Tom Daschle

Aberdeen, South Dakota

"I want to thank Dakotans for Health for their work on Medicaid expansion. It will be hard. But that is an excuse history never accepts."

President Rodney Bordeaux

Rosebud Sioux Nation

"I would like to thank Dakotans for Health for taking on this very important effort to expand Medicaid. We know they can be relied on to be a strong voice for Indian Country."

Steve Hildebrand

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"Grassroots networks like Dakotans for Health are critical to success of ballot measures like Medicaid expansion."

One neighbor. Helping another. That's something Dakotans for Health understands.

Congressman Earl Pomeroy

Valley City, North Dakota

"I couldn't thank each and every one of you enough for supporting Dakotans for Health and their worthy effort to expand Medicaid."

Governor Steve Bullock

Missoula, Montana

"I want to thank Dakotans for Health and all of you for doing this. It makes such a big difference to your state. Keep up the good work."

Dr. Nancy Babbit MD

Rapid City, South Dakota

"Dakotans for Health can be relied on to be a strong ally in our fight for affordable healthcare. That is why you see so many doctors and patients supporting their efforts."

Remi Beautiful Bald Eagle

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

"Dakotans for Health has a deep commitment to this land and to the well being of Indian Country. I am grateful for their efforts to improve our healthcare systems."

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We know Dakotans for Health can be trusted to stand up for working families. That is why the IBEW supports their constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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The work of expanding Medicaid is critical to the long term success of Indian Country and I would like to thank Dakotans for Health for taking it on. People’s lives literally depend on it.

Robert Flying Hawk | Chairman Yankton Sioux Tribe

We are dedicated to improving healthcare and health outcomes in the Dakotas.

James Hereen

Yankton, South Dakota

"The Teamsters have a friend in Dakotans for Health. The Local 120 is proud to back up their effort to expand Medicaid."

Commander Pat Miller MD, MP

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"Who would oppose affordable prescription drugs and health insurance for 42,000 of our friends and neighbors? I'm proud to support Dakotans for Health. "

Representative Mark Anderson

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"It has been eleven years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The time to expand Medicaid is now. What Dakotans for Health is doing is right."

Dr. Kevin Weiland MD, MP

Rapid City, South Dakota

"Dakotans for Health is following the same model we did in 2006 to pass the smoking ban: they care. They are organizing. They are doing the work. It is fantastic."

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The AFL-CIO likes organizations who expand Medicaid. That's why we are proud to support Dakotans for Health because we know they are committed to fight with us to improve the quality of life and availability of healthcare for all working class people. 

Kooper Caraway |  AFL-CIO

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Dakotans for Health values America’s diverse middle class, and the union workers who built and preserve it. That is what Build Back Better is all about.


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