Wyo. legislative panel to consider Medicaid bill

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming Democratic Party is trying to muster support for the last surviving bill in Wyoming's ongoing legislative session that would expand the state's Medicaid system.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Rothfuss, a Laramie Democrat, faces a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Labor Health and Social Services Committee. Three of the five committee members voted against the introduction of Rothfuss' bill in the Senate last week.

State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that Rothfuss' bill offers nearly 18,000 people in the state access to health care.

The Wyoming Legislature last year rejected $50 million in federal funds for Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. Gov. Matt Mead and others have said they don't trust federal government promises to continue funding.

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