MEDICAID EXPANSION VOTE – 2020

WYOMING HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

“AYE”

Rep. Stan Blake (D-Green River)

Rep. Landon Brown (R-Cheyenne)

Rep. Sara Burlingame (D-Cheyenne)

Rep. Andi Clifford (D-Riverton)

Rep. Cathy Connolly (D-Laramie)

Rep. Tom Crank (R-Kemmerer)

Rep. JoAnn Dayton-Selman (D-Rock Springs)

Rep. John Eklund (R-Cheyenne)

Rep. John Freeman (D-Green River)

Rep. Dan Furphy (R-Laramie)

Rep. Bill Haley (R-Centennial)

Rep. Bill Henderson (R-Cheyenne)

Rep. Lloyd Larsen (R-Lander)

Rep. Bob Nicholas (R-Cheyenne)

Rep. Jerry Paxton (R-Encampment)

Rep. Charles Pelkey (D-Laramie)

Rep. Jim Roscoe (I-Wilson)

Rep. Andy Schwartz (D-Jackson)

Rep. Pat Sweeney (R-Casper)

Rep. Mike Yin (D-Jackson)

Rep. Dan Zwonitzer (R-Cheyenne)

“NO”

Rep. Eric Barlow (R-Gillette)

Rep. Jim Blackburn (R-Cheyenne)

Rep. Don Burkhart (R-Rawlins)

Rep. Aaron Clausen (R-Douglas)

Rep. Scott Clem (R-Gillette)

Rep. Shelly Duncan (R-Lingle)

Rep. Roy Edwards (R-Gillette)

Rep. Danny Eyre (R-Lyman)

Rep. Jamie Flitner (R-Greybull)

Rep. Chuck Gray (R-Casper)

Rep. Tim Hallinan (R-Gillette)

Rep. Steve Harshman (R-Casper)

Rep. Hans Hunt (R-Newcastle)

Rep. Mark Kinner (R-Sheridan)

Rep. Dan Kirkbride (R-Chugwater)

Rep. Dan Laursen (R-Powell)

Rep. Tyler Lindholm (R-Sundance)

Rep. Bunky Loucks (R-Casper)

Rep. Joe Macguire (R-Casper)

Rep. David Miller (R-Riverton)

Rep. Sandy Newsome (R-Cody)

Rep. David Northrup (R-Powell)

Rep. Jerry Obermueller (R-Casper)

Rep. Jared Olsen (R-Cheyenne)

Rep. Garry Piiparinen (R-Evanston)

Rep. Bill Pownall (R-Gillette)

Rep. Tim Salazar (R-Riverton)

Rep. Evan Simpson (R-Afton)

Rep. Albert Sommers (R-Pinedale)

Rep. Clark Stith (R-Rock Springs)

Rep. Clarence Styvar (R-Casper)

Rep. Tom Walters (R-Casper)

Rep. Art Washut (R-Casper)

Rep. Cyrus Western (R-Sheridan)

Rep. Sue Wilson (R-Cheyenne)

Rep. John Winter (R-Thermopolis)

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Excused

Rep. Mike Greear (R-Worland)

Rep. Mark Jennings (R-Sheridan)

Rep. Richard Tass (R-Buffalo)

HELPFUL TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR LOCAL STATE LEGISLATORS

IMPORTANT:

  • You’ll write your message in the text box on Step 2, where it says “Personalize your message.”
  • Your message will go to your local state legislator in the Wyoming House of Representatives.
  • Don’t click the “Send message” button until you write your message.
  • REMEMBER TO DELETE THE TEXT THAT SAYS “[DELTE THIS TEXT AND INSERT YOUR MESSAGE HERE]”

YOUR MESSAGE SHOULD HAVE THREE SHORT PARTS:

1. Say who you are.

This message is going to your local state legislator, who is responsible for representing you. Make sure to tell them that you’re a voter in their district.

My name is ____. I live in _____ and I’m a voter in your district.

2. Say what you want.

I’m writing today to thank you for voting “Yes” to expand Medicaid in Wyoming, even though the bill failed introduction.

OR

I’m writing today because I disagree with your vote against expanding Medicaid in Wyoming, and I’d like you to explain why you voted against it.

3. Say why you want it.

[This is where you can add a sentence or two about why Medicaid expansion is important to you.]

PRO TIPS

Keep it brief: Lawmakers are very busy, especially during the legislative session. If you write them a novel, they’re not going to read it.

Change the message subject: This will make your email look less like spam.

Include your cell number: Lawmakers’ email messages are public record. They are often very careful about what they write. If you include your cell phone number and ask them to respond, you might get a call back and the opportunity for a frank conversation (though probably not during the Legislative session).

TALKING POINTS

Maybe mention a few of these things in your message. For more background, check out therse articles:

Wyoming’s rural hospitals (and communities) would benefit from Medicaid expansion

“Medicaid expansion would lower Wyoming’s state healthcare spending”

“Expanding Medicaid would drive down people’s healthcare costs across Wyoming”

– Wyoming faces a masssive budget shortfall that can be addressed in large part by the hundreds of millions of dollars the state would receive from expanding Medicaid.

– The Health Insurance Resource Center estimates that Wyoming will leave $1.3 billion of federal money on the table over the next decade by refusing to expand Medicaid.

– Expanding Medicaid to tens of thousands of low-income Wyomingites will increase their access to preventative treatment and lower the cost of healthcare in Wyoming overall.

– Expanding Medicaid is a good way to address Wyoming’s budget crisis without raising state taxes.

– The State of Wyoming would pay for 10 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid—roughly $9 million the first year. But other states’ experiences have shown that savings from the program more than offset the costs. That’s because, under expanded Medicaid, federal funds cover things like mental health and substance abuse treatment.

– When hospitals treat people who can’t afford to pay, they pass off those losses to everyone else, raising medical costs and insurance premiums statewide. This “uncompensated care” amounts to 6 percent of Wyoming hospitals’ total expenses. Medicaid expansion would cover those costs instead, helping hospitals and driving down the price of healthcare for everyone.

– Our rural hospitals are struggling. Medicaid expansion would provide tremendous support to help them attract and retain quality physicians, decrease uncompensated care costs, and deliver healthcare services to dispersed populations.

Tell lawmakers:

PEOPLE ARE DYING FOR LACK OF HEALTHCARE.

WE’RE FACING A BUDGET CRISIS.

EXPAND MEDICAID ALREADY.