Recently Governor Matt Mead made it clear that he does not support using federal dollars to expand Medicaid services for Wyoming’s poor. State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar tells Bob Beck that’s the wrong move.
Last week Wyoming governor Matt Mead released his proposed budget for the next two years. The governor joins us to discuss something he did not recommend and discusses other topics, such as whether he will run for re-election.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is recommending that the legislature not expand Medicaid services to the some 16-thousand low income people in the state who cannot afford health insurance. Mead says he will not support any form of Medicaid Expansion because of problems the federal government has had in implementing the Affordable Care Act.
“Even if it was gonna work it still seems to me that the ACA is more bent on how to pay for medical costs
rather than the questions of how do we lower costs and how do we get more medical care to more people?”
To comply with the Affordable Care Act, Wyoming lawmakers still have to determine whether they want to provide more health insurance to people who cannot afford it, and what such a plan would look like.
The legislature soundly defeated a proposal to expand the current Medicaid program, so the Wyoming Department of Health has pitched a new proposal where people could purchase a scaled-down version of Medicaid Insurance.
Department Director Tom Forslund said that users would have to participate like consumers who have private insurance.