Medicaid expansion

Senate vote on first Medicaid expansion amendment

Amendment 3003 failed on 9 – 21 vote

Sen. Chris Rothfuss, SD9, D-Laramie, today offered an amendment to the state budget bill that would have authorized a staged expansion of Medicaid. The state would have expanded Medicaid under standard rules for the first year. Over the next year or so, it would have required the executive branch to negotiate a waiver with the Center for Medicaid Services that would have established an expansion program designed specifically for Wyoming. The Amendment failed. Here is the vote: Aye: Christensen, Craft, Emerich, Esquibel, Hastert, Johnson, Rothfuss, Schiffer, Von Flatern. No: Anderson, J.D. (SD2), Anderson, J.L. (SD28), Barnard, Bebout, Burns, Case, Coe, Cooper, Dockstader, Driskill, Geis, Hicks, Hines, L There will be votes today in the House and Senate on other amendments to authorize the expansion that will make Medicaid insurance available to thousands of low-income Wyoming residents without children. Individuals in this population currently do not qualify for Medicaid services no matter how low their income.

Senate kills second expansion attempt on voice vote

Late Friday afternoon, the state Senate defeated on voice vote a second attempt to pass a second version of Medicaid expansion that would have delayed insuring Wyoming’s very low-income adults without children until 2015. Sen. Rothfuss brought the amendment, only to see it quickly dispatched.   This post was updated at 4:24 p.m. Feb. 21, 2014.

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