The Latest: Daugaard seeking Medicaid work requirement

January 9, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State address (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota is asking the Trump administration to allow the state to require some Medicaid health coverage recipients to work to obtain the benefits.

Daugaard announced the proposal Tuesday during his State of the State address. He says the change would apply to about 4,500 low-income, able-bodied parents who aren’t caring for an infant.

The Republican-controlled Legislature during the legislative session that runs until late March will make a new state budget and take up policy proposals on issues ranging from the state’s ballot question system to the use of lakes on private land for recreation.

Daugaard asked legislators to extend an expiring law that governs the use of the lakes. The governor also said he’s proposing legislation to make South Dakota microbrewers more competitive with surrounding states.


6:18 a.m.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to give his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Pierre.

The speech in the state House chamber will be held Tuesday, when lawmakers gather for the 2018 legislative session.

It’s the Republican governor’s final session in office. It runs until lawmakers adjourn in late March.

Daugaard tells the Argus Leader he will discuss workforce development, managing state assets and extending a law governing the use of lakes on private land created by flooding.

Republicans hold supermajorities in both the House and the Senate.

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