Now that the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act is starting to settle in, policymakers in Wyoming are considering how they're going to integrate the bill into the existing health care system.
Governor Matt Meade has been considering whether or not to endorse the expansion of medicare. The court's recent ruling leaves the choice up to the states, and Mead says he does want to help Wyoming citizens, but he's worried how the federal government will pay for it.
Marguerite Herman, a consumer representative with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, said the expansion would not encompass the most expensive component of medicare, which involves senior citizens who run out of retirement funds. Instead, she feels the expansion could possibly fix the ongoing problem of younger people who use the emergency room as primary care. care.
According to a media release from the Governor's office, Medicaid currently costs the state $560 every two years. Meade is waiting to receive estimates about how many Wyomingites would qualify for the program if the expansion was implemented. The federal government has said it will pay for the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years and then 90% of the costs thereafter.
To listen to Herman's complete interview with Kim Love on Public Pulse, click here.