Advocating For Affordable Health Care

Congress is offering Wyoming $120 million to update its Medicaid program and extend insurance coverage to 25,000 low-income adults. BEFORE MONDAY 3/22/2021: Tell your Wyoming Senator to vote “YES” on Senate File 154, “Medicaid expansion with federal match requirements” to improve Wyoming’s health, our healthcare system, and our economy. Tell your Wyoming Representative to vote “YES” on House Bill 162, “Medical treatment opportunity act” –…

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Medicaid Next Steps First, take a minute to celebrate! Senate File 154 “Medicaid expansion with federal match requirements” passed the Senate Labor Health Committee with a 3-2 vote and advanced to the Senate floor. A Medicaid Expansion bill has not made it to the floor of the Wyoming senate in half a decade. This was a tough committee; hopes were not high it would pass….

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Ronn Smith Chair, Wyoming Rising March 3, 2021 Simply put, Medicaid is a joint federal-state health insurance program for low-income people that traditionally focused on children, pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), each state was permitted the option to expand eligibility to include low-income able-bodied adults. Most of these are working people who lack employer-provided health insurance and…

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Guest Editorial by Phyllis Roseberry Our legislative committees have been discussing big cuts to our states school and other state services. Wyoming is in dire budget straits. COVID is also spiking affecting our citizens health and ability to make a living. We cannot cut our way out of this without jeopardizing our children and State’s future. We need to look at all sources of income…

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We have been contacted by groups about the effort to promote expansion of Medicaid in Wyoming. It’s no secret the options are few for affordable health care for many low income residents of Wyoming. According to The Commonwealth Fund website, “States must finance a share of the cost of expansion. As such, expanding Medicaid will increase state spending. However, expanding Medicaid also allows states to…

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In keeping with our mission to advocate for quality, affordable health care for all our citizens, Wyoming Rising has joined the Healthy Wyoming Coalition. This is a statewide consortium consisting of nonprofit medical and hospital associations, interfaith church alliances, and public advocacy organizations. Tens of thousands of working Wyomingites lack health insurance, and our state’s healthcare system struggles to provide care to folks who can’t…

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