Governor Mead in Wyoming Pushes Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Again

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced last month that he would spend the next few months advocating for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in next year’s budget. But so far, Wyoming legislators have taken a thoughtful approach, carefully reviewing all of the evidence and ultimately rejecting Obamacare expansion.

And they haven’t just rejected it once. In 2014 alone, state lawmakers rejected Obamacare expansion a whopping six times. They rejected it again in 2015, even after the Governor put his support behind it. Instead of embracing Obamacare, the legislature specifically acted to prohibit Mead from pursuing any expansion without legislative approval.

Governor’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Plan Would Prioritize Able-Bodied Adults

The expansion plan in Wyoming would add upwards of 27,000 able-bodied adults to an already-strained Medicaid program. These newly-eligible adults are in their prime working years, largely have no dependent children and have no disabilities keeping them from gainful employment. Despite those facts, nearly half don’t currently hold a job and fewer than a quarter maintain full-time jobs.