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South Dakota Medicaid submits pilot project proposing work requirements

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a five-year Medicaid 1115 demonstration waiver. The demonstration is a pilot project proposing work requirements for adults who are enrolled in Medicaid through the Low-Income Parent coverage group.

The program, called South Dakota Career Connector, will be administered by DSS in partnership with the Department of Labor & Regulation (DLR). The program includes intensive employment and training services and skill-building opportunities offered through DLR. It also offers a variety of pathways and supports for recipients to actively participate and maintain health care coverage. South Dakota’s plan proposes to operate in Minnehaha and Pennington counties.

South Dakota Career Connector began operating on a voluntary basis July 1 and will become mandatory in Minnehaha and Pennington counties after approval by CMS.

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