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Medicaid Expansion: A lifeline for farm families and our rural communities Report

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

Medicaid Expansion a lifeline for farm families and our rural communities by Dakotans for Health
"A way of life worth fighting for"

Growing the next generation of farm families

Medicaid expansion is growing the next generation of North Dakota farmers. It could be in South Dakota too. North Dakota Governor Dalyrymple’s bipartisan expansion of Medicaid has been vital to growing the next generation of North Dakota farmers. In fact, the Young Farmer Coalition cites health insurance as one of the top three issues affecting the trajectory and success of young and beginning farmers. Examining macro-level data, Ahearn, Williamson, and Black (2015) and Bubela (2016) initially expected farmers would have little incentive to purchase a health insurance plan in the marketplace because of the burden of high costs on a young and beginning farmer’s operation. However, subsequent research conducted through AAEA, concludes that access to affordable health insurance through marketplace subsidies and Medicaid expansion has benefitted young farmers, especially in Medicaid expansion states.

View/Download Medicaid Expansion: A lifeline to Farm Families and our Rural Communities HERE


About Dakotans for Health

Dakotans for Health, an emerging group of public officials, caregivers, health care advocates, and concerned citizens supporting the expansion of Medicaid. We have released COMPREHENSIVE MATERIALS for our volunteers to start circulating a petition for a Constitutional Amendment to expand Medicaid. Get yours today!


Help Secure Ballot Access for Medicaid Expansion

Make a donation to help expand Medicaid in South Dakota. You can donate to support this important work online via ActBlue 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

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)

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

You can view the full KELO story HERE


South Dakota is one of twelve states who has yet to expand Medicaid under the ACA
North Dakota expanded Medicaid in 2015. The program has brought hundreds of millions of additional dollars into the state:
Montana expanded Medicaid in 2015 as well. The program brings an additional $600 Million a year to the state:

Visual Learner Summary: according to the fiscal note released by the South Dakota Legislative Research Council last July, South Dakota, upon the expansion of Medicaid, will $15 back for every $1 it puts in. A 15:1 Return On Investment.


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