Governor Daugaard is requesting a work requirement from the Trump Administration for some of the state’s Medicaid recipients. As reported by the Rapid City Journal, the change would apply to approximately 4,500 low-income parents without a disability who are also not caring for a child less than a year old. If approved, the proposal would be piloted in Minnehaha and Pennington Counties.
In 2015, the Medicaid population in South Dakota was comprised by 118,000 individuals. Of that population, approximately 68% were children, according to the South Dakota Health Care Solutions Coalition’s Interim Report and Recommendations. Disabled adults comprised 20% of the population and low-income families comprised just 11% of the total Medicaid population. According to the executive director of Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, low-income parents are not a primary factor in the total cost of the Medicaid program.
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