In Brief: Medicaid study bill clears first House hurdle

By Cowboy State Daily

A proposed study into the cost of Medicaid expansion barely cleared the House on Wednesday.

SF 146 was approved in its first review by the full House by a vote of 30-28. The bill would require the state Insurance Department to conduct a study into the cost of making Medicaid coverage available to more Wyoming residents.

Supporters have argued that before the state expands Medicaid coverage, it needs to know how many people would be affected and how much it would cost the state. The study would also look into the impact on health care providers, given the fact Medicaid dictates the cost of the services they provide.

The bill will be read a second time Thursday.

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