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SIOUX FALLS | Democratic governor candidate Susan Wismer hopes Medicaid expansion be a winning issue in her battle to unseat Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/1yh8naz ) that Wismer is campaigning across the state in favor of covering tens of thousands of low-income South Dakotans in an expanded Medicaid program. She says it not only would help the uninsured but would bolster hospitals by covering medical care they now are absorbing themselves.

Federal officials denied Daugaard's request to let South Dakota expand its Medicaid program in a way that would provide medical services to fewer poor people than envisioned in the federal health overhaul law.

Daugaard is now waiting as other states negotiate their own deals and compromises with the federal government, content to let them take the lead and the risk.

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