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Matt Mead
Wyoming House rejects Medicaid expansion amendment

The Wyoming House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a proposal to expand the federal Medicaid program. Sponsor Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, floated the proposed budget amendment to commit Wyoming to a two-year expansion of Medicaid. Zwonitzer said going into Thursday's hearing that he didn't expect it to pass, but he wanted to give House members on both sides of the critical issue a chance to be heard. The House voted 41-15 to reject the amendment. Four members were excused. The state Senate earlier this month also voted against Medicaid expansion. Many members said they didn't trust federal promises to maintain scheduled payments of more than $100 million a...