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Wyoming pays out millions to subsidize hospitals

Wyoming has burned through more than half of a fund it created earlier this year to reimburse hospitals to cover the cost of treating uninsured patients after lawmakers rejecting calls to expand the federal Medicaid program.

The Wyoming Department of Health says the state has paid $1.3 million to 18 hospitals under the state's new subsidy program since July. The state allocated $2 million for the program.

The fund was created after Gov. Matt Mead failed to persuade lawmakers expand Medicaid. The bill reimburses hospitals with state funds to help offset the heavy financial burden imposed on them by poor and uninsured patients.

Supporters of Medicaid expansion have said...