Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-negotiating-wyoming-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Matt Mead may be changing his mind when it comes to expanding Medicaid services for low income people in the state. After publicly rejecting the notion of Medicaid expansion late last year, the governor says he is negotiating in good faith with the federal department of Health and Human Services to develop a Wyoming specific Medicaid expansion plan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Bob Beck 61632 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead Negotiating For Wyoming Medicaid Expansion Wyoming Medicaid Numbers Remain Steady http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-medicaid-numbers-remain-steady <p>Earlier this month the U-S Department of Health and Human Services indicated that Wyoming’s Medicaid and the Children’s Insurance Program known as CHIP had lost four thousand participants.&nbsp;</p><p>But the Wyoming Department of Health says both programs are very busy.&nbsp; The Department’s Jan Stahl says Wyoming numbers go up and down throughout the year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:10:37 +0000 Bob Beck 58205 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Medicaid Numbers Remain Steady 12-Thousand Wyomingites Enrolled In The Health Insurance Marketplace http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/12-thousand-wyomingites-enrolled-health-insurance-marketplace <p>Final numbers show that nearly 12-thousand Wyoming residents have signed up for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. &nbsp;</p><p>The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says 93 percent of those who enrolled in Wyoming received financial assistance, which is the highest percentage in the nation.&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming was also ahead of the national average in another&nbsp;category. Officials say that 29 percent of enrollees are in the 18 to 34 age group. Experts say it's those healthy, young people, who will help pay for the Affordable Care Act.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 00:28:06 +0000 Bob Beck 57692 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 12-Thousand Wyomingites Enrolled In The Health Insurance Marketplace Budget Committee Votes In Favor Of Medicaid Expansion Proposal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/budget-committee-votes-favor-medicaid-expansion-proposal <p>Lawmakers finishing up work on the state budget have accepted a compromise amendment that encourages the Governor and other members of state government to figure out a way to expand Medicaid under Wyoming terms.&nbsp;</p><p>Conference Committee members accepted a version of a House amendment that now says the state may work with federal officials on an expansion plan, as long as Medicaid Expansion doesn't harm Wyoming businesses.&nbsp; Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy Center credits the public for convincing lawmakers to do something.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:26:30 +0000 Bob Beck 54669 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Budget Committee Votes In Favor Of Medicaid Expansion Proposal Medicaid Expansion Defeated...Again http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-defeatedagain <p>The State Senate easily defeated a proposed budget amendment that would expand Medicaid Services in the state by a vote of 21 to 9. &nbsp;Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss says it’s a chance to bring health care to over 17 thousand people in the state.&nbsp; Senate Health and Labor Chairman Charles Scott continued his opposition to Medicaid expansion by saying that it will encourage people to over utilize health care.&nbsp; Rothfuss says his proposal actually would address that.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:44:29 +0000 Bob Beck 54389 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid Expansion Defeated...Again Senate Agrees To Debate Medicaid Expansion Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-agrees-debate-medicaid-expansion-bill <p>After defeating a series of Medicaid expansion bills earlier this week, the Wyoming Senate voted to introduce a compromise measure.</p><p></p><p>Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss is the sponsor.&nbsp; The bill would enable the state to expand Medicaid for one year, during which time it could ask the federal government for the ability to devise its own expansion plan for the next three years.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:23:39 +0000 Bob Beck 54055 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Agrees To Debate Medicaid Expansion Bill Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-faces-challenges-wyoming <p>For over a decade the state has struggled with making sure all citizens had access to health care. &nbsp;Much of this had to do with the fact that many Wyoming citizens can’t afford health insurance.&nbsp; The federal affordable care act was supposed to help.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:16:26 +0000 Bob Beck 54053 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-says-he-doesnt-have-good-plan-b-lieu-medicaid-expansion <p>Wyoming Democratic Party leaders have criticized Governor Matt Mead for opposing a full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. There are over 17,000 low-income adults in the state and State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar says it's not right to oppose the expansion, since Mead isn’t proposing another option.</p><p>At a press conference last week, Mead said that on that count, Gosar is right.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:29:04 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51870 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman disappointed in Governor Mead’s Medicaid recommendation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-democratic-party-chairman-disappointed-governor-mead-s-medicaid-recommendation <p>Recently Governor Matt Mead made it clear that he does not support using federal dollars to expand Medicaid services for Wyoming’s poor.&nbsp; State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar tells Bob Beck that’s the wrong move.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:38:08 +0000 Bob Beck 51623 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman disappointed in Governor Mead’s Medicaid recommendation Democrats push for Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-push-medicaid-expansion <p> Two Democratic members of the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee criticized Governor Mead’s decision not to expand Medicaid Services.&nbsp;</p><p>At today’s/Monday’s meeting, Senator John Hastert said Mead’s dislike of the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with expanding Medicaid and helping Wyoming’s poor get insurance.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative Ken Esquibel noted that despite concerns with the A-C-A, other states are having great success with Medicaid expansion.&nbsp; He urged Mead to keep an open mind and review those successes.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:32:55 +0000 Bob Beck 51052 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrats push for Medicaid expansion Governor Matt Mead defends his opposition to Medicaid expansion and other topics http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-matt-mead-defends-his-opposition-medicaid-expansion-and-other-topics <p>Last week Wyoming governor Matt Mead released his proposed budget for the next two years.&nbsp; The governor joins us to discuss something he did not recommend and discusses other topics, such as whether he will run for re-election.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:21:13 +0000 Bob Beck 50932 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Matt Mead defends his opposition to Medicaid expansion and other topics Governor still mulling Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-still-mulling-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p></p><p>Recently the Wyoming Department of Health submitted a revised plan on how the state could expand Medicaid Services to more people.&nbsp;</p><p>It would require some of the new participants to pay into the system, much like they would do if they owned insurance.&nbsp; They’d do this on a sliding fee scale depending on their income.&nbsp; While he is still nervous about the federal government’s financial commitment to the effort, Governor Matt Mead says that the program could provide more health care to more people and also save the state money.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:58:05 +0000 Bob Beck 46417 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor still mulling Medicaid expansion Medicaid expansion fails in the House http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-fails-house <p>During debate on a Medicaid reform bill, the Wyoming House of Representatives rejected an amendment that would have expanded Medicaid for over 17,000 uninsured state residents.&nbsp; Supporters noted that the state has looked for ways to reduce health care costs and they say the expansion would accomplish that.&nbsp; House Labor and Health Committee Chairwoman Elaine Harvey says the issue requires more study.&nbsp; The federal will pay 100 percent of the first three years of the expansion.&nbsp; Harvey says Wyoming can join at a later date.</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 01:16:04 +0000 Bob Beck 37085 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid expansion fails in the House Medicaid expansion defeated in the WY Senate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-defeated-wy-senate <p>The State Senate has soundly defeated a bill that would have led to the state expanding Medicaid Services for nearly 30 thousand more Wyoming residents.&nbsp; States can opt to expand the services under the Affordable Care Act and the federal government will pay the total cost for the first 36 months of the expansion starting in 2014.&nbsp; Senator John Schiffer of Kaycee says Medicaid costs have hurt the state, but if the state expands, it means the federal government will pay for services that Wyoming currently pays for.&nbsp; He says that is a good deal.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:01:02 +0000 Bob Beck 36037 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid expansion defeated in the WY Senate Medicaid expansion in WY gets a 'do not pass' recommendation from Sen. Health & Labor Committee http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-wy-gets-do-not-pass-recommendation-sen-health-labor-committee-0 <p>The Senate Health and Labor Committee has voted down a measure that would expand Medicaid services in the state.&nbsp; The program would allow more low income people to qualify for health insurance coverage.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:04:08 +0000 Bob Beck 35629 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid expansion in WY gets a 'do not pass' recommendation from Sen. Health & Labor Committee Medicaid expansion in WY gets a 'do not pass' recommendation from Sen. Health & Labor Committee http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-wy-gets-do-not-pass-recommendation-sen-health-labor-committee <p>The Senate Health and Labor Committee has voted down a measure that would expand Medicaid services in the state.&nbsp; The program would allow more low income people to qualify for health insurance coverage.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:04:06 +0000 Bob Beck 35628 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid expansion in WY gets a 'do not pass' recommendation from Sen. Health & Labor Committee Gov. Mead pushes for a WY Medicaid expansion plan pitch http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-pushes-wy-medicaid-expansion-plan-pitch <p></p><p></p><p>Governor Matt Mead said in his State of the State address Wednesday that lawmakers need to think further about Medicaid expansion in the state and to develop a plan specifically for Wyoming. Department of Health Director, Tom Forslund, said the state would save about $50 million over six years under a full expansion.</p><p>House Majority Floor leader Kermit Brown says there are still too many unknowns in the federal rules for the Affordable Care Act that could hurt Wyoming.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:20:55 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35058 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead pushes for a WY Medicaid expansion plan pitch Former Rep. Jorgensen pushes for Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-rep-jorgensen-pushes-medicaid-expansion <p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:36:16 +0000 Bob Beck 30756 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Rep. Jorgensen pushes for Medicaid expansion