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Wyoming ought to sign up for Medicare expansion under 'Obamacare' to cover citizens

Sep 13, 2013 - Freida Millsdorn, Riverton

Editor:

I am hearing again about how Wyoming won't go along with the U.S. government program to expand Medicaid service in each state to help everyone meet the new requirements of "Obamacare."

This doesn't make sense unless all you want to do is be uncooperative with the federal government. We already have Medicaid in Wyoming anyways, and other states have signed up for the program to make more people eligible for Medicaid rather than not have any health coverage at all.

There is a director of health in Wyoming who runs the Wyoming Department of Health. He says Wyoming would save almost $50 million if we would sign up for the expanded Medicaid.

The governor has always said "no" to this idea, but there does not seem to be a good reason for that. I think we should try it and see how it goes. If it gets more little kids covered under health insurance and saves $50 million, it sounds good to me. If we don't do it, then the State of Wyoming should find a way to do it so out people get the same benefit as other states.

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