Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Dakotans for Health Releases Petitions for Constitutional Amendment to Expand (Reform) Medicaid in South Dakota via Ballot Measure
Dakotans for Health, an emerging group of public officials, caregivers, health care advocates, and concerned citizens supporting the expansion of Medicaid released today a COMPREHENSIVE MATERIALS for its volunteers to start circulating a petition for a Constitutional Amendment to expand Medicaid.
Following the bipartisan example of Republican North Dakota Governor Jack Dalyrmple and Montana Governor Steve Bullock Dakotans for Health feels South Dakotans MUST take matters into their owns hand and pass Medicaid Expansion NOW.
Want to circulate a petition? You can find everything they need to HERE.
Want to learn more about Medicaid Expansion (reform)? You can read Dakotan's for Health's general Medicaid Expansion FAQ HERE.
Want to make a donation to this effort? You can do so via ActBlue HERE.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES and BACKGROUND:
Montana Case Study, Fiscal Note for 2022 Effort, and More
Question: How many Medicaid expansion enrollees work?
Answer: According to the Montana Department of Labor, over 72% of Medicaid expansion enrollees are currently employed with 23% of additional enrollees listed as either being disabled, primary caretakers, or in school.
Question: what impact does Medicaid expansion have on Montana's economy?
Answer: Medicaid expansion has a significant effect on Montana's economy. Each year, it brings a Federal investment of +$600 million that otherwise wouldn't be there. These funds percolate through Montana's economy generating thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in wages for Montana households on an annual basis.
Question: how much money has South Dakota lost compared to Montana?
Answer: According to Governor Daugaard's 2016 report on the impact of Medicaid expansion, South Dakota lost at least -$1.83 billion since deciding against moving forward with Medicaid expansion in 2017.
Question: does Medicaid expansion have a positive impact on state budgets?
Answer: Yes. Montana, Louisiana, Colorado, Virginia, and Michigan are several such examples.👇
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: South Dakota gets $15 back for every $1 it puts in. A 15:1 Return On Investment.