Medicaid Expansion
for SD

News flash, 11/2/22: Americans for Prosperity is NOT a credible source of info on Medicaid expansion. Their flyers in mailboxes this week have the most nonsensical notions yet. The reality: Waiting lines are a myth. Medicaid supports those with health needs so they can work, rather than "sideline" them (whatever that means). Medicaid expansion does not "bust" state budgets, does not take "money from education and public safety." Able bodied people ARE working, which is why they need Medicaid expansion! Their jobs do not have health coverage! The list of items in their "personal option" are unrelated to Medicaid expansion. Better sources of info are South Dakotans Decide Healthcare and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

Vote YES on Amendment D!
and info about the Love Your Neighbor Tour

- - - Want to do some good in this world? Vote for Medicaid expansion! You could even save some lives.

Medicaid expansion is on the November 8 ballot for every South Dakota voter. It is Amendment D. Please vote YES! (Early voting is available through Monday, Nov.7 at county auditor offices.)

- - - Who would get healthcare?

We imagine the vulnerability of those without health coverage. In the gospel story of the Good Samaritan, we acknowledge the person lying by the road, and ask who is that person today who needs us to get them to healthcare? Opponents to expansion like to point to “able-bodied” people.

Who are they really?:

•the struggling checkout clerks in stores and service stations that you see everyday,

•the landscapers and roofers sweating on a hot day,

•the small farmers and ranch workers who make up our small rural communities,

•the homecare workers giving care in homes of the elderly and people with disabilities, and

•those without much cash for themselves while starting new businesses,

•newly hired workers whose benefits haven’t kicked in yet,

•many low-wage workers in jobs without benefits.

In other words, most who would benefit are already working.

Also, some others are disabled and in the lengthy process to get official designation for their disabilities or, once approved, in the 2-year wait for health coverage to begin.

The question is: Are we going to turn our heads and pass by them on the other side of the road? South Dakota has been walking by them on the other side of the road since 2014, walking by with healthcare in hand but not shared with those in need. [Thanks to Sister LynnMarie Welbig for some of this wording.]

- - - What about the funding?
As other states are finding to their great advantage, Medicaid expansion is a really good deal for South Dakota. Medicaid expansion costs are split between DC and South Dakota: In general, they pay 90%, the state pays 10%. But it gets even better: SD is offered a big bonus for expanding Medicaid. The state's fiscal note on Amendment D indicates that it will take only $4 million in state funds to get health coverage to over 40,000 South Dakotans for all the total first 5 years of Medicaid expansion!

38 states have done this, and not one has quit! Every state has found the investment is worth it! We have been missing out. Since 2014, South Dakota has refused a total of over two Billion much needed healthcare dollars and the healthcare it would have brought, including support to health facilities, especially rural ones. We’ve missed out on the funds AND on the healthcare AND on the justice.

“Of all the forms of inequality,
injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

- - - Will people be "forced off" their insurance, as opponents are saying? No one will be forced off. If people who are this low income find they cannot afford the co-pays and deductibles of their insurance, or if it doesn't cover needed medical services, then it is a great thing that they would be able to choose enroll in Medicaid instead. This is also very helpful for workers whose hours and thus incomes fluctuate just above and below the poverty line, which often happens for low-income workers.

- - - What exactly is on the November 2022 ballot?
Constitutional Amendment D would allow eligibility for Medicaid for people ages 19 thru 64 with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level.

- - - Meet some South Dakotans impacted in this 18-minute film:

- - - About the Love Your Neighbor Tour
All faiths share a call to love your neighbor. That is the impetus for the Love Your Neighbor Tour circling the state in support of Medicaid expansion. It urges voters to show we care about South Dakota neighbors who need healthcare, especially the thousands of low-wage workers without health benefits from their jobs.

If your neighbor needs healthcare, and it is in your power to give it, why would you not? Love your neighbor. Vote YES on Amendment D!

Please come meet the tour when it stops at a town near you.

Day 1 Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Send-off: Sioux Falls, 7:45-8:15, Minnehaha County Admin Bldg, 415 N Dakota Ave.

Tour stop: Colton, 8:45-9:30am, Buffalo Trading Post, 24805 457th Ave

Tour stop: Madison, 10:15-11:00, 2nd Street Diner, 610 Washington Ave S.

Solidarity Stop: Flandreau, 11:30-1:00 listening session with tribal health workers

Tour stop: Brookings, 1:30-2:30pm,Brookings Public Library, 515 3rd St, Cooper Room

Solidarity Stop: Sisseton, 4:00-5:00pm, Dakota Crossing grocery store, , 2410 SD-10

Tour stop: Watertown, 7:00-8:00pm, Dempsey’s Brew Pub, 127 N Broadway

Overnight at Mother of God Monastery, Watertown

Day 2 Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Tour stop: Webster, 8:45-9:30, Pereboom's Café, 13 US-12

Tour stop: Aberdeen, 10:30-11:20, The Red Rooster coffee shop, 218 S Main St

11:30-12:15 Lunch with Presentation sisters

Tour stop: Mobridge, 2-3pm, Klein Museum, 1820 W Grand Crossing

Tour stop: Timber Lake. 4-5pm, Country Market Grocery, 412 9th St (9th & E St)

Overnight in Lemmon

Day 3 Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tour stop: Lemmon, 7:4-8:45am, Dakota Lodge, 5 10th St E on Hwy 12

Tour stop: Belle Fourche, 11:30am-1:30pm, Brown bag lunch, Belle Fourche UCC church, 717 Jackson St.

Tour stop: Spearfish, 2-3pm, Perkins, 2301 E Colorado Blvd, near I-90 exit 14.

Tour stop: Lead, 3:30-4:30pm, Stampmill Restaurant, 305 W Main St. in Lead

Tour stop: Rapid City 5:30 -6:30pm, Southside Pizza Ranch, 405 E Stumer Road

Overnight at Journeys End Guest House, 25246 Holiday Trail, Custer

Day 4 Friday, September 23, 2022

Tour stop: Custer 9-10am Senior Center, 538 Mt Rushmore Rd

Solidarity Stop: Pine Ridge, 12:00-1:30pm, Big Bats Convenience Store, SD-407

Solidarity Stop: Rosebud, 3-4pm, the All Stop gas station

Photo stop: Dignity statue 5:45

Tour stop: Chamberlain, 6:00-7:30, Main Street Café, 117 S Main St

Overnight in Chamberlain: Private homes

Day 5 Saturday, September 24, 2022

Tour stop: Wessington Springs, 9-10am, Springs Inn, 201 Main St E

Tour stop: Mitchell, 11am-12:00, Corn Palace Plaza Public Parking Lot, south side

Tour stop: Parkston, 1-2pm, Parkston East Park, at the east end of Main St

Tour stop: Yankton, 3:00-4:15pm, United Way Community Impact Center (UW CIC)

Tour stop: Vermillion, 5:00-6:15pm, The Bean coffee shop, 6 W Main St.

Tour end: Sioux Falls

Follow the tour on Facebook and Twitter: Love Your Neighbor Tour -SD

Working for Medicaid Expansion is life-saving justice work. Please help to get this very important benefit for our state and its people. Vote YES on Amendment D.

RESOURCES: Below are some pdf resources: 1. Medicaid expansion basics (2 pages) 2. Full-page-size info for churches 3. two half-page-size info for churches 4. Faith Action ideas 5. Sample church announcements 6. Sample church announcements, ELCA

How to download them: The little pop-out symbol in the corner will bring up a pdf version that you can download.
For some brochures to hand out, you can get good, informative ones from South Dakotans Decide Healthcare (
For a flyer that's more low-key, scroll down to the BFW mini-flier attached that you can print out at home to give your neighbors.

CCB, 10/19/22

M'caid Expansion basics 8'22.pdf
Medicaid exp info 1-pg, Christian 9-8-22.pdf
Medicaid exp, Half-pg for churches 9'22.pdf
Faith Action ideas 2021.pdf
Sample church announcements, BFW 9-3-22.pdf
Sample church announcements, ELCA 9'22.pdf
Love Your Neighbor BFW mini 10-5-22 v6.pdf