Bill to expand Medicaid coverage clears Senate Committee

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- A bill that would expand Medicaid coverage in South Dakota will be heard by the full Senate after passage Monday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  After an hour of testimony Senator V-J Smith of Brookings wanted to send the bill to the floor with no recommendation.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Wayne Steinhauer of Hartford substituted Smith’s motion.

Senator Blake Curd of Sioux Falls says he can’t support the measure because he doesn’t believe the state has made provider reimbursement a priority.

Senate Bill 186 moves to the Senate floor on a four-to-three vote.