Many of the people who would qualify for insurance are between 50 - 64 years old.
While Wyoming legislators wring their hands and worry about reelection, 25,000 Wyoming residents lack any reasonable access to affordable healthcare.

Procedural hurdles and political calculations help trip up Wyoming Medicaid expansion

Rules governing the legislature’s “budget session” and lawmakers wary of right-wing primaries helped thwart efforts to pass Medicaid expansion this year. Meanwhile, grassroots advocates vow to mobilize around the 2022 elections.
Attendees of a Healthy Wyoming vigil in Cheyenne last fall.

Medicaid expansion has momentum as the Wyo Legislature’s 2022 session approaches

Advocates for healthcare access have built a grassroots movement to convince lawmakers to finally expand the state's program. But procedural hurdles during the "budget session" remain.

Ten FACTS about Wyoming's Medicaid coverage gap

1. Tens of thousands of people in Wyoming don’t have health…
RIP Mike Enzi. You got far better treatment than most of us could hope for.

What Mike Enzi’s death says about Wyoming’s healthcare system

The medical treatment the former U.S. Senator received after his recent accident starkly contrasts the Wyoming healthcare system most of us are stuck with—counties that can’t afford ambulances, hospitals that can’t treat patients, and people for whom a trip to the ER means massive medical debt.
Medicaid expansion typically benefits state budgets and improves residents' health.

Wyoming lawmakers eye funding options for Medicaid upgrade

The Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee will take up Medicaid expansion this week, with a focus on translating some of the $1.4 billion Wyoming will receive from the American Rescue Plan into sustainable healthcare funding for low-income residents.
Ninety percent of the Department of Health's budget funds community health centers.

Public health cuts hit communities across Wyoming

The Legislature cut more than $100 million from the Wyoming Department of Health’s budget this session, including tens of millions from mental health and substance abuse programs while the state is experiencing a suicide crisis.
Efforts in support of Medicaid expansion in Wyoming are picking up steam.

A single vote stops Wyo. Medicaid expansion, but a movement grows

Two identical bills to update Wyoming’s Medicaid program came before the same Senate committee this session. A senator who supported the first bill flipped and killed the second. But not before a movement coalesced that will continue to fight for affordable healthcare access in Wyoming.
Nearly three-quarters of the people who would become eligible for insurance are young single mothers.

Far-right full-court press fails to stop Wyo Medicaid bill’s advance

Members of the “Freedom Caucus” mounted a vigorous attempt to stop a bill to extend Wyoming Medicaid coverage to low-income residents on Wednesday, comparing poor people to livestock and simply denying any problem exists. But they failed, and for the first time ever, a Medicaid expansion bill passed the Wyoming House.
The additional federal funds would result in a long-term state revenue increase.

Dollars and care: Wyoming House gives initial approval to Medicaid upgrade

Many lawmakers explained that they had opposed similar measures in the past. But Wyoming has failed to find an alternative solution, the federal government is offering more funding, and tens of thousands of people in the state still lack access to healthcare. So this year is different.
Many of the people who would qualify for insurance are between 50 - 64 years old.

Second Medicaid update bill clears Wyoming Legislative committee

Two separate bills to extend insurance coverage to tens of thousands of Wyomingites have advanced thanks to public support and increased federal funding.