Governor Matt Mead encouraged the Wyoming Legislature to reconsider expanding Medicaid as they continue their work on the state budget. While Obamacare crumbles, Mead is pushing to expand it.
The governor claimed that “expansion would help cover healthcare costs for roughly twenty thousand Wyoming citizens – our friends and neighbors – many who are working. It would bring an estimated $268 million of our federal tax dollars back to the state and help with the enormous uncompensated care costs facing our hospitals,” Governor Mead said. “This is good for our economic future and it is the right thing to do as the state faces this current revenue shortfall.”
Governor Mead also cited the growing support from the public as well as a broad coalition of businesses and health care organizations.
“Medicaid expansion is supported by the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, the Wyoming Business Alliance, the Wyoming Hospital Association, the State Chambers of Commerce, the Wyoming Association of Municipalities and the Wyoming Education Association, just to name a few,” continued Governor Mead. “These groups recognize that a strong healthcare system is necessary to recruit new businesses and keep Wyoming moving forward.”