As all fifty states debate plans to reopen schools, the South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has unveiled plans for in-person learning. She was on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning and said that the “science is clear, our kids need to be in school.”
“It’s better for them, we got a lot of kids that haven’t checked in since virus hit, they need to be back in those classes,” continued Gov. Noem.
Responding to a question on when the kids are going back, Gov. Noem said that in South Dakota the kids are going back to school on time, and that “we have proven that distance learning is not that effective as being in the classroom.”
The Governor also addressed the issue of elderly teachers and how they could be impacted by this early reopening.
“We have fantastic teachers in South Dakota,” continued Gov. Noem. “Two-thirds of them are in the vulnerable population, so we are asking them to go back, and they really have a mission in their hearts to take care of these kids. They are also anxious to get back in their classrooms too.”
“For those that are older, or have pre-existing health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus there are accommodations that can be made,” continued Gov. Noem.
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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.
The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.
Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.
“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”
“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”
While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.
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