Wyoming Coalition for Medicaid Expansion

ESPC joins broad Medicaid Expansion coalition

News conference set today in Capitol Rotunda

The Equality State Policy Center has joined a broad coalition of health care groups, women’s advocates, and good government proponents to advocate for the Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The Wyoming Coalition for Medicaid Expansion will outline its reasons for supporting the optional expansion of Medicaid under the 2010 federal health care reform law during a news conference today (Jan. 22) in the Capitol Rotunda at 2 p.m. The coalition believes expansion of the program will strengthen Wyoming’s health care system by providing health insurance coverage to many of our fellow Wyomingites who now postpone medical care because they cannot afford it. The expansion will help Wyoming’s hospital system deal with a significant portion of the $200 million in uncompensated care delivered in 2011. These losses represent treatment to patients who cannot afford the services they receive. The optional expansion adds an important category of people who now do not qualify for any Medicaid coverage – low-income adults without children. A Wyoming Department of Health study estimates expansion would give 17,200 uninsured people in our state access to health care. The expansion will provide coverage that will enable them to for pay their care, including ordinary appointments with a doctor or other provider. The Wyoming Department of Health also outlines how expanding Medicaid enables the state to save millions of dollars in general fund spending. (You can read more about that here.)

Wyoming Coalition for Medicaid Expansion

The coalition, through Jan. 21, has grown to include 23 groups that strongly support the expansion: AARP American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network American Heart Association Consumer Advocates: Project Health Care Equality State Policy Center League of Women Voters of Wyoming People First of Wyoming Southwest Wyoming Recovery Access Programs (SW-WRAP) Wyoming Association of Churches Wyoming Association of Psychiatric Physicians Wyoming Business Coalition on Health Wyoming Chapter of the American Foundation on Suicide Prevention Wyoming Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Wyoming Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians Wyoming Chapter of the American College of Physicians Wyoming Health Foundation Wyoming Hospital Association Wyoming Integrated Care Network (WY-ICN) Wyoming Medical Society Wyoming Nurses’ Association Wyoming Primary Care Association Wyoming Psychological Association Wyoming Women’s Foundation The Senate Labor Health and Social Services Committee will hear Senate File 122 – Expansion of Medicaid Wednesday.  

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