South Dakota has joined the ranks of other states seeking to impose work requirements on some Medicaid beneficiaries. The SD Department of Social Services issued a public notice outlining the Career Connector program, a pilot project that will operate in Minnehaha and Pennington Counties.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced during his State of the State address in January his intention to pilot a work requirement program for some Medicaid enrollees in the state’s two largest counties. As the governor indicated during his speech, the Career Connector program incorporates skills training and a requirement that individuals must complete certain milestones each month or work 80 hours or more a month.
A full description of the Career Connector program can be read here. The 30-day public comment period ends June 19. Comments can be submitted to: Division of Medical Services, Department of Social Services, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501.