Senate committee hears Medicaid expansion bill

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - A Wyoming legislative committee has begun hearing testimony in Cheyenne on the last bill remaining in the current state legislative session that calls for expanding the Medicaid program in the state.

Sen. Chris Rothfuss, a Laramie Democrat, is testifying before the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee in support of the bill he's sponsoring.

Rothfuss' bill calls for Wyoming to accept federal funding to add about 17,600 adults to the state's Medicaid system under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The Legislature last year rejected $50 million in federal funds for the program. Republican Gov. Matt Mead says he doesn't trust federal promises to continue funding.

The Wyoming Department of Health says expanding the program would save the state money by reducing pressure on other health programs.

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