Medicaid expansion likely off the table again for Wyoming

During yesterday's meeting of the Wyoming State Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee, the members of the committee voted down a request from Gov. Matt Mead to expand Medicaid in the state. Mead had included the measure, which would have brought in federal funds to assist many under or uninsured people in the state. According to Healthy Wyoming, expanding Medicaid would have brought with it $268 million in federal funds and helped more than 20,000 Wyomingites. Proponents of the expansion argued that it would ultimately help the state cut the Department of Health's budget by more than $30 million at a time when the state is facing a more than $600 million shortfall. Medicaid expansion is a provision of the Affordable Care Act that, if approved by an individual state, would extend Medicaid coverage to all non-Medicare eligible adults under the age of 65 with incomes up to 138 percent of federal poverty level. The federal government foots the whole bill through 2016, and 90 percent there on out. There are still a couple possibilities that Medicaid expansion could be brought back into this, either through a separate bill (which would require a 2/3 vote to introduce) or through a budget amendment. #buckrail #reboot #county10 #springcity #oilcity #dally #county17 #shortgo #news