Medicaid Extension

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CHEYENNE,WY (KGWN) - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is working to extend medical coverage to lower income people.

Mead began searching for a better strategy to expand Medicaid coverage after legislature denied 50 million dollars in funding to over 17 thousand adults.

Back in March of 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act declaring, "Today after all the votes have been tallied, Health Care Reform becomes law in the United States of America."

His objective was to help provide health insurance to every American.

Last year, the Supreme Court prohibited the feds from forcing the states to accept the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion programs.

Currently, thousands of Wyoming residents' remain uninsured. Governor Mead recently met with Federal Officials in attempt to settle a deal on the expansion.

Mead says he wants the state of Wyoming to "have flexibility that may not have been provided in other states."

And although expanding Medicaid Coverage may save the state 50 million dollars, Mead says the major challenges are finding providers.

Governor Mead is also leery about cutting a deal with the feds because he doesn't trust them to continue funding.

The bottom line is Mead is looking for the deal that would benefit Wyoming the most. He wants to "cover all the people that we can and provide better overall healthcare."

Governor Mead expects to present a Medicaid Expansion Plan to state lawmakers next year.

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