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Dakotans For Health volunteers near 10,000 signatures...

Medicaid Expansion Petition Drive

In March Dakotans for Health set an internal goal to leverage grassroots volunteers to collect 10,000 Medicaid expansion signatures by 06/15/21.

The number is roughly 1/3 of the approximately 35,000 valid signatures required to ensure ballot access for our citizen led constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid insurance to 42,000 working class South Dakotans who can't afford it.

We are pleased to report that our network of grassroots volunteers is on a track to hit this goal, but we are not out of the woods yet and have a long way to go even when we do!

So if you have not already, download, print and start circulating a Medicaid expansion petition RIGHT NOW. Then make a DONATION, if you can, to support this critical movement.

Questions? Contact Pam Cole [] she is our Grassroots Organizing Director and will take good care of you!

You see, Dakotans For Health is doing something different

Our goal is to educate and organize our fellow citizens on healthcare so that we can step up when our institutions fail to act.

We think the best way to do this is pour our time and energy into building sustainable grassroots political power that can not only pass Medicaid expansion, but defend it.

That is why you won't find a lot of fancy D.C. consultants and hired guns at our events.

What you will find are a lot of people like YOU who have come together to extend health insurance to 42,000 of their family, friends, and neighbors who can't afford it:

People like Rodney and Luti in Rosebud

Rosebud Sioux President Rodney Bordeaux
"We will be sending more soon..."

People like Lanny in Sioux Falls

Medicaid expansion petition volunteer at Minnehaha Court House
"Anything for democracy..."

People like Valerie in Wentworth

Medicaid expansion petition circulator in Wentworth, South Dakota
"I started in December. No one has turned me down."

People like Jay in Rapid City

Medicaid expansion petition circulator in Rapid City, South Dakota
"Democrats, Independents, and Republicans have all signed"

People like John in Sioux Falls

"People need health insurance. I'm proud to help bring this change to our state."

And a lot of people like YOU

So if you haven't already join our grassroots network and start circulating a petition to expand Medicaid in South Dakota right now. Then make a donation, if you can, so we can continue to build the grassroots organizing power our community so desperately needs.

Additional Information and Developments

About Dakotans for Health

Dakotans for Health, an emerging group of public officials, caregivers, health care advocates, and concerned citizens to improve healthcare in the Dakotas including sponsoring the expansion of Medicaid and defending South Dakota's century old tradition of the initiated measure. We are honored to be joined by Organized Labor, all nine of South Dakota's Native Nations, and AFSCME Council 65 in this worthy endeavor.

Making a Donation

Help Secure Ballot Access for Medicaid Expansion and Defeat HJR 5003

Make a 2X MATCHED donation via ACT BLUE or CHECK/WIRE right now

Dakota News Now: Dakotans For Health and League of Women Voters Petition Event

You can view the original story and post HERE

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen endorse Dakotans for Health

You can view the full post and endorsement HERE

AFL-CIO backs grassroots organizing seeking to expand Medicaid

You can view the full AFL-CIO endorsement HERE

Judge rules in favor of Dakotans for Health, slowing SB 180’s requirement for paid petition circulators

You can read the KELO article HERE

Obama Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand on the importance of Grassroots Organizing and Dakotans for Health's campaign to expand Medicaid:

You can watch the full episode with Steve HERE

Message from Montana Governor Steve Bullock to Dakotans for Health petition circulators:

You can watch the full episode with Governor Bullock HERE

One neighbor. Helping another. That's something Tom Daschle understands.

You can watch the full episode with Senator Daschle HERE

Get involved. Volunteer, start circulating a petition, and donate! Text "Medicaid" to (772) 577-2336

Dakotans for Health volunteer QR code.
Join our Grassroots Network (open your camera app and point)

Want to circulate a petition? We have been on the streets since November of last year! You can find everything you need HERE.

HHS Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield supports Dakotans for Health and you can too!

You can watch the full episode with Secretary Wakefield HERE

Earl Pomeroy knows a thing or two because he's seen a thing or two.

You can watch the full episode with Congressman Pomeroy HERE

KELO: League of Women Voters Medicaid Expansion Petition Signing Event With Dakotans For Health

You can view the full KELO story HERE

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