Conference committee considers Medicaid talks

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - A conference committee of members of both houses of the Wyoming Legislature is considering whether to approve a measure that would direct state government officials to explore over the coming year whether the state could broker a deal with the federal government to expand Medicaid on the state's terms.

The House approved an amendment calling for the Medicaid talks while the Senate did not. The conference committee is meeting in Cheyenne Thursday morning to consider the issue.

The full House and Senate both rejected bills calling for expanding the rolls of Medicaid in this legislative session.

Expanding Medicaid is a fundamental principle of the federal Affordable Care Act, which has been under fire from Republicans nationwide. Gov. Matt Mead has opposed expansion, saying the state can't trust federal funding promises.

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