Public Forum Planned to Discuss Medicaid Expansion

A Medicaid Expansion Community Forum has been planned for tonight in Sheridan. As part of the forum, effects of Medicaid expansion on Sheridan and other communities in the state will be discussed by local business people and medical professionals. The forum runs from 5:30-7 tonight and will be held at the library on West Alger Street.

The information is coming from forum organizer Hollis Hackman. In a statement released overnight to the media, he laid out the facts as follows. He says Medicaid Expansion would bring an estimated $268 million tax dollars to Wyoming over a two-year period and cover more than 20,000 residents who earn too little to receive financial help to purchase insurance and are not eligible for Medicaid. This is coming, he said, at a time when Wyoming faces an estimated $200 million budget shortfall.

He went on to say that Wyoming loses $310,000 every day we do not expand Medicaid, which totals more than $220 million lost since the start of the program in 2014. He said the funding would not only make it possible to provide affordable, quality health coverage to more people in the state, but it frees up funding that the legislature can redirect to other important areas like education and supporting cities, towns and counties.