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Governor wants analysis of Medicaid expansion

Submitted by Newsroom on July 17, 2012 – 1:56 pmNo Comment

Governor wants analysis of Medicaid expansion

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By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Wyoming’s Gov. Matt Mead wants an analysis of the federal government’s proposed expansion of the Medicaid program. Health care was a main topic of discussion during the recent meeting of governors in Williamsburg, Virginia. According to a release from the governor’s office, the discussion included the Affordable Care Act and Supreme Court decision on that law that allows states to opt out of a Medicaid expansion.

Medicaid currently costs Wyoming $560 million per biennium, according to the governor’s office.

Gov. Matt Mead -- Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

A study about the Medicaid expansion is due to the Legislature on September 1. The information gathered would determine the number of people who could qualify for Medicaid if it is expanded in Wyoming and also the associated cost. The federal government is supposed to pay for the entire cost of the expansion during the first three years and then 90% thereafter.

As part of the study, residents interested in Wyoming Medicaid are being asked by the Wyoming Department of Health to provide online input. A link to what’s being called a brief survey is available online at until Aug. 6.

The survey invites Medicaid clients, providers and anyone else interested in Wyoming Medicaid to provide their ideas and comments about strengthening the program and using available funding responsibly.

Public forums have also been planned to gather input. The one set for Fremont County is next week in Riverton – on Tuesday night, July 24, from 5-7, at Central Wyoming College on Peck Avenue in the arts center auditorium.

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