Medicaid Expansion May Be Reconsidered

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Medicaid Expansion May Be Reconsidered

Wyoming lawmakers are set to get an update about the possibility that the state may yet choose to expand the Medicaid program.

The Wyoming Legislature earlier this year rejected roughly $50 million in federal funds to extend Medicaid health care coverage to an additional 17,600 low-income adults. Expanding Medicaid is a fundamental principal of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Many state lawmakers said they didn't want to expand the federal program because they don't trust federal promises to continue to pay for it. The Wyoming Department of Health is still studying a possible expansion.

The Legislature's Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee is meeting Tuesday in Casper. It's set to hear a Medicaid briefing from Tom Forslund, director of the state health department.

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