Although the 2013 legislative session ended without lawmakers expanding the Medicaid program, AARP is continuing to press for such a change.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) has formed a summer study commission on whether the state should expand Medicaid to cover people with income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($15,856 yearly for an individual and $21,404 for a couple).

AARP supports the expansion, which would provide coverage to more than 48,000 South Dakotans—about 12,000 of them ages 45 to 64 who do not qualify for either Medicaid or Medicare. The study commission is slated to report to the governor in the fall.

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