Democrats Question Mead About Medicaid Expansion

Two Democratic lawmakers are questioning Wyoming Governor Matt Mead about his recommendation that the state not expand Medicaid to offer health insurance to low-income adults.

On Monday, from the Capitol in Cheyenne, the Republican governor told members of the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee, he's concerned about the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. He said he continues to question federal promises to pick up most future expansion costs. Consequently, he says the state's lawmakers should not accept the federal government's offer to pick up the bulk of the cost of adding more than 16,000 adults to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. John Hastert of Green River, and Rep. Ken Esquibel, of Cheyenne, are the two legislators who questioned the governor about the program, arguing that it would help people who need insurance. They pointed out that the state does accept other federal funds.