Medicaid Expansion

Wyoming politicians, who support Medicaid Expansion, advocate for expansion saying that (1) the federal government will grant Wyoming a “trigger” which will allow Wyoming to shut down the expanded portion of Medicaid if the “trigger” is reached, and (2) if Wyoming does not expand Medicaid the money hardworking Wyoming taxpayers sent to Washington will be given to states that do expand Medicaid. Neither justification for expansion is accurate.

to learn more of how the Country/States have experienced Medicaid expansion follow this link.

Medicaid Expansion
Medicaid Expansion
The Federal Government does not grant “triggers” and there isn’t a pot of money earmarked for Wyoming that, if not used, will go to another state. The money sent to states that expand Medicaid has to be printed. Our federal government’s growing debt (now approaching $20,000,000,000,000 is not sustainable.
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It is important to understand too that as our nation’s debt grows to an unsustainable level, that federal funding for Medicaid expansion will likely be cut leaving the financial burden for the program to Wyoming taxpayers.
Forbes article I.
Forbes article II.

Now that some time has passed for states that expanded Medicaid, what was to be the panacea for them is proving to be anything but. Here are just a few examples:

You may recall Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich, visiting Cheyenne a couple of years ago encouraging Governor Mead and our state legislature to expand Medicaid. Here is an update on Ohio: Kasich’s Medicaid expansion has cost taxpayers $7 billion

Update: Ohio’s Obamacare expansion: Ohio Medicaid expansion costs sailed farther past Gov. John Kasich’s projections in March, as total spending on the program topped the $7.5 billion mark

Expansion cost $411 million last month, making March the most expensive month yet. For the past six months, expansion costs reported by the Ohio Department of Medicaid averaged $394 million — dwarfing other state programs.
Kasich’s budget office reported $312 million in primary and secondary education expenditures, $186 million in higher education expenditures, and $170 million in justice and public protection expenditures in March. The governor predicted that adding working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities to the Medicaid rolls under the 2010 federal health law would cost $14 billion from 2014-20. Actual spending puts Kasich’s Obamacare expansion on track to cost $28.5 billion by 2020.

What we need in Wyoming is a Wyoming solution not a one-size fits all federal government program which has only created more issues and rising costs for the 32 states that signed on.

A Wyoming physician designed an excellent Wyoming based program which he proposed to our legislature. Why then have we only been told about the federal government’s solution?