Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Both houses of the Wyoming Legislature have passed a budget bill that calls on Gov. Matt Mead and other Wyoming officials to investigate whether they can reach an agreement with the federal government to expand Medicaid on the state's terms.
The Senate approved the Medicaid study language despite strong warnings from Sen. Charles Scott, a Casper Republican, that preparing the study make it more difficult for the state to resist expanding the program next year.
Scott is chairman of the Senate Health, Labor and Social Services Committee. He declined to allow his committee to vote on a bill earlier this legislative session to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid to add 17,600 low-income adults.
Expanding Medicaid is a fundamental element of the federal Affordable Care Act.
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