Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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April 18, 2008

Governor Rounds Announces Medicaid Grants
to Improve Access to Health Care

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Mike Rounds today announced the South Dakota Department of Social Services will receive over $7.6 million in grant funds from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide health care services in non-emergency room settings.

“The projects funded by this grant will help us develop innovative ways to provide needed health care to people in South Dakota, especially in some of our reservation communities,” said Gov. Rounds. “This is a great opportunity for South Dakota, and is consistent with the recommendations of the Zaniya Task Force to seek all possible funding opportunities to improve access to health care for Native Americans. I want to thank and congratulate the Department of Social Services for their hard work in coordinating this grant application effort.”

Projects supported by the grant will focus on the communities of Martin, Mission, Pine Ridge, Wagner, Sioux Falls, and other South Dakota locations. Projects will focus on providing access to non-emergency care to improve health outcomes and decrease the use of costly hospital emergency rooms. Projects will use funds in a variety of ways, including recruiting health care staff, extending available clinic hours, using technology to link professionals in isolated communities, providing health education, developing chronic disease management clinics and school based health care services. 

South Dakota was one of 20 states to receive federal funding. The state received the largest award of all states, and had the most projects funded.

 “Not only are we pleased to be able to provide additional health care opportunities to people who need it, but we appreciate the partnerships with health care providers and others needed to make this effort successful,” Gov. Rounds said.

More information on the grants can be found at: