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Medicaid Expansion, Positive Move For Wyoming Says Consumer Group

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Governor Matt Mead announced recently the state won’t meet an upcoming federal health care reform deadline that would specify whether Wyoming will establish its own health insurance exchange.

Mead says he wants more information, including how long the federal government will help pay for it.

In a letter to the Governor, last week, one Wyoming consumer group asked him to take a closer look at the data and move forward with the program they believe will benefit the state.

“I think there’s some sort of selective use of data and we’re trying to encourage the governor’s office to really look, drill down and evaluate the numbers and consider all the money that will be saved.”

Marguerite Herman, for Project Healthcare, Consumer Advocates, says expansion of Medicaid to bring another 31,000 people under coverage would be paid for 100 percent to start, with about a two percent increase in costs after three years for the state.

Project Healthcare looks to some of the following organization for the data supporting their position.

The Kaiser Family Foundation,

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/Medicaid-Coverage-and-Spending-in-Health-Reform-National-and-State-By-State-Results-for-Adults-at-or-Below-133-FPL.pdf

the Urban Institute

http://www.urban.org/uploadedpdf/412349-Effects-of-Health-Reform-on-Small-Businesses.pdf

The letter to the governor was signed by a partnership of organizations including Consumer Advocates: Project Healthcare, the Coalition of Wyoming Insurance Solutions for Health (C-Wish), Equality State Policy Center, League of Women Voters, Wyoming Primary Care Association, Wyoming Association of Churches, Wyoming Nurses Association, Wyoming State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 192

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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