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House rejects alternative for insuring poor

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 25th, 2014

Scott Munsterman

PIERRE (AP) The South Dakota House rejected a plan Monday that would have used state money to buy insurance for the working poor as an alternative to a Medicaid expansion that would be financed largely with federal funding.

The measure failed on a vote of 45-24 after opponents said it would cost the state far more while providing health coverage to far fewer people than an expansion of Medicaid would.

Lawmakers said the bill also might have hampered the state's request for federal approval to let South Dakota expand its Medicaid program in a way that would provide medical services only to those most in need.

But the bill's main sponsor, Rep. Scott Munsterman, R-Brookings, said his plan would help low-income people get health insurance without using federal money.

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