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Expanding Medicaid in SD could save 38 to 95 residents per year

A recent study published in the online journal Health Affairs says 38 to 95 South Dakotans are at risk of dying each year the state fails to expand the federal/state health coverage for the poor.

Further, the study estimates nearly 39,000 South Dakotans would be covered by an expansion.

The study also estimates that prior to the Affordable Care Act, 118,760 South Dakotans were uninsured but that number drops to 98,143 following implementation of the ACA.

The study was conducted by Sam Dickman, a medical student in the Cambridge Integrated Clerkship at Harvard Medical School; David Himmelstein, a professor of public health at the City University of New York; Danny McCormick, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; and Steffie Woolhandler, a professor of public health at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in New York.