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Wyoming Considers Medicaid Expansion

August 27, 2014
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R) has started conversations with the federal government about expanding the state's Medicaid program. Though the state had previously rejected the expansion of the program, increasing budgetary concerns and pressure from hospitals have prompted Mead to explore options. If negotiations result in an expanded program, approximately 17,600 additional low-income Wyomingites would be covered. Mead's prior reasoning for not expanding included concerns that the federal money contributed to the state's program could cease at a future date. However, a recent study by the Wyoming Health Department found that expanding Medicaid would save the state around $50 million by reducing demand for other state programs. Not expanding would mean the Medicaid program would need to take approximately $80 million in state general funds. 
 
As of today, 26 states have expanded or are committed to expand their Medicaid programs. If Wyoming does expand its program, it will be the 12th state with a Republican governor to expand.