(Pierre, SD) — Many South Dakotans will no longer be eligible for Medicaid, at least temporarily, as COVID-era regulations have come to an end. South Dakota began clearing out its “Medicaid Rolls” in April, something they were previously not allowed to do due to federal protections. According to a report by South Dakota Searchlight, roughly 22-thousand South Dakotans could be on the outside looking in, or “likely ineligible” as the protections expire. While those protections ended nationwide, South Dakota’s position is even more unique because of the passage of Medicaid expansion. A number of those who lose coverage could be eligible to regain it come July 1st when the Medicaid program goes into effect.
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South Dakotans Could Lose Medicaid Ahead Of July 1st