An issue that South Dakota voters defeated last November would have raised the state sales tax by one cent, with half going to schools and half going to medical providers. Those groups are in Pierre, still looking for more money. Dave Hewett, President of the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations, says they want lawmakers to take a serious look at expanding Medicaid, and the federal money that would attract.
Hewett says state tax dollars continue to grow, which could also be a source for medical providers.
Hewett says while health care services will continue, some of the costs of providers may be spread to those than can pay.