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Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle explains Medicaid expansion...

Updated: May 23, 2021

"Healthcare and the Heartland" with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. You can DONATE to support our Medicaid expansion campaign HERE.


One neighbor. Helping another. That's something Tom Daschle understands. He also understands that Medicaid expansion is a key opportunity to build back better in South Dakota-- a state with a rich history of progressive populism. Tom is also pragmatic and knows the enormous impact Medicaid expansion will have to South Dakota’s farm families, rural communities, and small businesses. Dakotans for Health was thrilled to be joined by Senate Majority Leader Daschle for Episode I of our "Healthcare and the Heartland" series on Medicaid expansion. You can watch Senator Daschle's initial remarks via the YouTube video above! Then GIVE A FEW BUCKS to support our petition drive to qualify our certified constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid via ballot measure in 2022.

Medicaid Expansion: A Game Changer for South Dakota

South Dakota can expand Medicaid to the great benefit of ALL its citizens. Each and every year it will bring hundreds of millions of dollars into the state that otherwise wouldn't be there. These funds will save many lives, keep people healthier, lower insurance premiums, generate thousands of jobs, and provide critical resources for South Dakota's rural hospitals and elderly care facilities. That is why we have been in the streets circulated our APPROVED Constitutional Amendment to expand Medicaid in 2022 SINCE NOVEMBER.

I’d like to thank Dakotans for Health for organizing this effort to expand Medicaid. It will be hard. But difficulty is an excuse that history never accepts.-Senator Tom Daschle

Just like beating PayDay and raising the minimum wage Medicaid expansion is a no brainer.. Here are a few highlights:

  • Helping the Bottom Line: capturing over $300,000,000 at +15:1 ROI for South Dakota tax payers.

  • Helping Healthcare Providers: Medicaid expansion will help critical cover critical operating costs at South Dakota hospitals and clinics, the loss of which will results in staff cuts and closed facilities.

  • Helping Community Members: Medicaid expansion will ensure over 42,000 South Dakotas, preserving healthcare access for our South Dakota farmers and rural communities.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has..-Margaret Mead

About Tom Daschle

South Dakotans sure are lucky to have a fighter like Senator Tom Daschle on our side. A fierce advocate for working families, and native of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Tom led a storied career as South Dakota’s Congressman and United States Senator. As Senate Majority Leader, Tom oversaw the modernization of the nation’s rural healthcare system, including the creation of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) a Medicaid program that pays for over 50% of births in South Dakota each year.

Tom Daschle has continued to fight for the kind of real change that can truly make our country great again. From protecting and expanding upon the healthcare advances made by the Affordable Care Act, to taking the drastic measures required to address climate change, to reforming our tax system so that corporations and the super wealthy pay their fair share — Tom Daschle is committed to supporting causes that focus on these goals while helping the middle class and taking care of the most vulnerable amongst us.

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 online via ActBlue HERE. You can Make a donation via check our money order HERE.

Steve Bullock is certainly one of us. Check out his message to Dakotans For Health Petition Circulators:

You can view the full episode of "Healthcare and the Heartland" with Montana Governor Steve Bullock HERE.

Join US Senator Maggie Hassan for a Medicaid Expansion Event on Tuesday, April 27th at 6:30PM

Maggie Hassan and Joe Biden at a campaign rally in New Hampshire. Hassan expanded Medicaid as Governor and will be joining Dakotans For Health for a "South Dakota Event" on April 21st, 2021.
Maggie Hassan | Medicaid Expansion | Joe Biden

Join Senator Maggie Hassan for this important event! RSVP Required. Sign up on LinkedIn, Facebook, or our Website.

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

Dakotans For Health QR code for volunteers.
Join our Grassroots Network!

Circulate a Medicaid Expansion Petition (How to)

Want to circulate a petition? We have been on the streets since November of last year! The best way to do it is by scanning the code above or text "Medicaid" to (772) 577-2336. You can also find everything you need HERE.

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

You can watch view Congressman Pomeroy full remarks HERE.

Check out the coverage from our recent Petition Signing Event with Pam Cole in Downtown Sioux Falls!

You can view full coverage and more HERE. These events are now a weekly affair and coming to a community near you!

Deputy HHS Secretary Dr. Mary Wakefield (RN, PHD) Supports Dakotans For Health and you can TOO!

Dr. Wakefield is a founding member of Dakotans For Health. You can view her full episode HERE.

Steve Hildebrand on the importance of grassroots networks and ballot initiatives

You can view the full episode of Healthcare and the Heartland featuring Steve Hildebrand 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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