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Medicaid expansion shot down again in Wyoming

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Wyoming lawmakers shot down another attempt at expanding Medicaid.

The Joint Appropriations Committee this week rejected an amendment for the state's budget bill that would expand Medicaid in Wyoming.

After the Affordable Care Act passed the federal government asked each state to accept the expansion. Wyoming is one of 25 states that have not done so. Governor Matt Mead said he doesn't trust federal promises to cover most of the costs initially.

Talking with people on the Sheridan streets, most seem pleased to see lawmakers decide against Medicaid expansion again.

"Well I'm glad that they keep saying 'no' and I don't feel that the government should be running health care," said Anne Dramko from Cody.

"I think because we are so conservative we don't want to spend money that we don't have and if it's not in our budget, we're not going to do it," said Judy Taylor of Sheridan.

Earlier this month a different committee voted to propose a pair of bills expanding Medicaid to the full legislature next month.

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