The Joint Revenue Committee voted 9-5 Tuesday to move forward with expanding Medicaid services to those eligible under the Social Securities Act — an estimated 19,000 people in Wyoming, at a cost of $11 million a year.
A measure that would have laid out a plan for the expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage to more Wyoming residents failed to win introduction Monday on the first day of the Legislature’s budget session.
“We don’t have that money,” said State Rep. Bo Biteman. “We are scrambling, scratching and clawing, looking under the mattress for quarters. We’re not in any position to grow our state government at all. We need to be cutting our government.”