CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A conference committee of Wyoming legislators has adopted a measure that says state government officials may explore over the coming year whether the state could reach agreement with the federal government to expand Medicaid on the state's terms.
House and Senate conferees met on the issue Thursday. The House earlier had approved a budget amendment calling for the state to consider Medicaid expansion while the Senate did not.
The conference committee adopted a Senate proposal that specifies state officials may investigate possible Medicaid expansion but won't be required to do so. It also specifies the procedure won't draw down the state's General Fund or harm Wyoming businesses.
Both the House and the Senate rejected proposals earlier this legislative session to expand Medicaid coverage this year to 17,600 low-income residents.
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