Senate introduces Medicaid expansion bill

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming State Senate has voted to introduce a bill that would expand the Medicaid system in the state but the sponsor says he believes it faces long odds of becoming law.

The Senate voted 21-to-9 on Friday to advance a bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Rothfuss, a Laramie Democrat.

Two other Medicaid expansion bills sponsored by the Interim Labor, Health and Social Services Committee died this week.

Rothfuss told the Senate his bill would allow Wyoming to keep its Medicaid expansion options open. He said after the vote he's not sure it will get out of committee.

The state last year rejected $50 million in federal funding to extend Medicaid coverage to 17,600 low-income adults.

Gov. Matt Mead opposes Medicaid expansion, saying he doubts federal promises to continue funding.

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