CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Health is holding five public forums this month to solicit ideas and comment on the state's Medicaid program.

The first forum is scheduled for Tuesday evening in Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Legislature mandated that the state Health Department study the state Medicaid program's costs and identify areas of the program that may be changed.

Health Department Director Tom Forslund says the study will look at ways Medicaid can be strengthened while also examining how the agency can be as responsible as possible with the financial resources available.

Other forums are scheduled for Thursday in Casper, next Monday in Gillette, July 24 in Riverton and July 25 in Rock Springs.

Medicaid is a government program that pays for medical care for low-income and medically needy individuals and families.