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SD gov likely to urge delay in Medicaid expansion

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he likely will recommend that the Legislature once again delay a decision on expanding the state's Medicaid program to cover more people.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Daugaard says he wants to know more about what people would be covered by an expansion. And he says there is still a lot of uncertainty about the new federal health care law.

That law gives states the option of expanding Medicaid, which uses state and federal money to pay medical bills for low-income people. South Dakota delayed a decision earlier this year, and Daugaard likely will urge further delay.

South Dakota's Medicaid program now covers about 116,000 children, adults and disabled people. Expanded eligibility would add an estimated 48,500 people, mostly adults without children.