Here's something else that Rep. Kristi Noem, Senator John Thune, and every Republican running for Sen. Tim Johnson's seat would take away from South Dakota by repealing the Affordable Care Act: a $1.3 million grant for increased health care services in Yankton and Fort Pierre.
Here's Nathan Johnson's account of the good that ACA money will do in Yankton:
A FQHC is a community-based organization that provides comprehensive primary care and preventive care on a sliding fee scale for qualified uninsured and underinsured patients.
...The Union County Health Foundation, which operates as allPOINTS Health Services and has FQHCs in Elk Point and Alcester, will expand into Yankton and was given $858,333 for the task. It will be called the allPOINTS: Yankton Clinic and will include a family medicine physician, a dentist and some mid-level nurses.
“This is going to double the size of our organization,” said Brad Bertrand, chief executive officer of allPOINTS Health Services. “What this funding is going to do is get the facility in Yankton up and running. It will allow us to buy equipment, hire people and get network infrastructure in place.”
...The clinic will be located on the third floor of the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital (ASHH) Professional Office Pavilion and Education Center, and allPOINTS now has 120 days to open the facility [Nathan Johnson, "Health Center to Serve the Uninsured and Underinsured in Area," Yankton Press & Dakotan, updated 2013.11.08].
Everyone who works at AllPoints, please remember that if you vote for anyone other than Rick Weiland for Senate, you're voting to cut your budget and serve fewer people. Folks in Yankton, please remember that if you vote for anyone other than Rick Weiland for Senate, you're voting to make it harder for you and your neighbors to get affordable health care.
The ACA is providing $151 million in health center grants nationwide this fiscal year to expand health care access for 1.26 million Americans.