Medicaid Expansion Bad For Wyoming, Dr. Says [AUDIO]
The idea of expanding Medicaid in Wyoming will once again be introduced in the next legislative session.
The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Interim Revenue Committee is scheduled to consider a Medicaid expansion proposal when it meets in Cheyenne on Nov. 12.
Bills have been introduced in the past and failed. The idea was backed by then-Gov. Matt Mead at one point.
Backers say it will expand coverage to around 27,000 residents who don't have it. They point to the money that will pour into our state hospitals from the federal government.
But opponents include doctors, like Dr. John Mansell from Gillette Wyoming, who called the Wake Up Wyoming morning show to explain why physicians and hospitals in the state oppose Medicaid expansion.
In their opposition they point to overflow of people in each state that expanded, which was far above the numbers predicted, thus breaking the bank. Also the money that comes from D.C. ends up falling far short of what was promised in every case.
The audio of that call is below.