By John Dennis and Ed Randazzo
On Friday August 12, Governor Dennis Daugaard, two staffers, and Kim Malsam-Rydson, South Dakota Secretary of Health, made their way to the Rapid City offices of Family Heritage Alliance. The purpose of the meeting was a cordial and informal informational discussion, between the Governor and FHA Board Members and Staff regarding, the proposed expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota, between the Governor and FHA Board Members and Staff.
The Governor presented almost an hour and a half of information detailing the complexities of health care, and the financial impact it has on the state. He explained his view of the benefits of Medicaid Expansion which include, among others, additional and improved health care for some of the neediest in our state, improving payments to some providers, and reducing the state’s portion of payments in Medicaid cases.
For the board and staff of FHA, this was a fact finding mission only. The FHA team listened intently to the Governor’s presentation, pausing only occasionally to ask questions.
To continue to research and better understand the complexities of this issue, Dale Bartscher, FHA’s Executive Director, has already reached out to “Americans for Prosperity”, requesting a similar meeting to examine this issue from another perspective. Ben Lee, Executive Director of AFP was quoted as saying, “consider it done.”
Family Heritage Alliance is deeply honored that Governor Daugaard and team would take time to travel from Pierre to Rapid City to discuss this very complicated issue with us.
Stay informed and in touch with us here for further updates on this important issue for South Dakota. Much discussion is yet to be had before this issue possibly comes before South Dakota legislators in the 2017 session.