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House Kills Labor Committee Medicaid Bill

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House has shot down a bill to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

The House on Thursday voted against a bill endorsed by the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. It would have provided reduced Medicaid coverage for over 17,000 people in the state.

Rep. Sue Wilson, a Cheyenne Republican, spoke for the bill Thursday. She says getting more people health insurance would cut hospital losses on uncompensated care.

The Senate voted Wednesday against another committee bill that would have allowed the use of Medicaid funds to pay private health insurance premiums.

Gov. Matt Mead told lawmakers Monday he opposes expanding Medicaid. He says he doesn’t trust federal promises to continue to foot the cost of the expansion.

Other Medicaid bills sponsored by individual legislators are still pending.

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