Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming Legislature is again considering a Medicaid expansion.

During a meeting Tuesday, the Joint Revenue Committee will consider the economic implications of expanding the federal program, as well as a draft bill that would do so in Wyoming. Medicaid expansion has been stymied in recent years, even with support from former Gov. Matt Mead.

The Wyoming Department of Health estimates expansion would cost between $10 million and $30 million in its first two years, depending on how many people enroll. If the state raised Medicaid eligibility requirements to $138% of the federal poverty level, the Health Department said, an estimated 19,000 people would enroll.

The expansion bill is the first item on the committee’s Tuesday agenda. The Legislature is not providing a livestream for the meeting.

If the bill is introduced during the 2020 legislative session, it would need a two-thirds majority approval to pass because it is a budget session.

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Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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