Wyoming Governor, Matt Mead, has written a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services asking for clarification of several components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help him make a decision whether the state will subscribe to the act's optional expansion of Medicaid.
The Obama administration is expecting an answer from Meade by Nov. 16 of this year, but Mead insists he needs more explanation before he can arrive at an informed decision.
A press release from the governor's office elaborates Mead's concerns regarding the feasibility of implementing components of the act in Wyoming's unique economy. Mead pointed out the state has a large amount of smaller employers, and many have communicated it would be easier for them to pay the PPACA fines than to continue providing insurance for their employees.
Mead also indicated in the letter he believes the act will have unintended consequences when it becomes fully implemented in 2014, including raising individual health insurance premiums by as much as 30-40 percent.
Mead previously added his name to a joint letter posing similar questions to Secretary Sebelius. The secretary's response letter, addressed to the Republican Governor's Association, did not address all the issues brought forth, and though more information was promised, it has not yet been released from the secretary.