An estimated 24,000 people who live in Wyoming work jobs that don’t provide health insurance or can’t afford to purchase it themselves. Medicaid Expansion, which is paid for with a 90/10 split between the federal government and state government, would help bridge that gap.
Those who often fall into the gap include:
• Parents who work but can’t afford to purchase health insurance for their entire family
• People cobbling together full-time hours with multiple part-time jobs
• Parents, caregivers, and providers who lose their jobs due to layoffs, and whose families need health insurance to help them stay afloat until they find a new job.
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There are many benefits to asking your legislators to support Medicaid Expansion. It can boost the Wyoming economy. A new report shows Wyoming could add as many as 1,900 new jobs and see a $1.5 billion boost to its economic output by expanding Medicaid.
States that have not expanded Medicaid have higher death rates than states that have expanded it. Also, healthy workers are more productive, take fewer sick days and earn more money.
It will help rural Wyoming hospitals, as well. These hospitals currently provide more than $100 million in uncompensated care every year. States with Medicaid expansion have seen fewer hospital closures.
Zero states have chosen to leave the Medicaid Expansion program after joining it because of the benefits to the state, but there IS an option to leave at any time with no penalty.
There are 38 states with expanded Medicaid, including Wyoming’s neighbors Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Neighboring state South Dakota’s residents will vote on it in November, and North Dakota also has it.