Committee Votes to Remove Medicaid Expansion From Governor's Proposed Budget

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee voted seven to five to remove Medicaid expansion from the 2017-2018 budget proposed by Governor Matt Mead (R). Governor Mead's administration estimated that expansion could extend coverage to over 20,000 Wyoming residents while saving the State's general fund approximately $33.4 million over the next two years. Inclusion of Medicaid expansion in the State budget was considered the best chance for expansion legislation to pass this year, though the Legislature could still consider a stand-alone bill or budget amendment during the legislative session.