Wyoming Liberty Group
Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest government-run health insurance programs in the United States, and arguably the world. Combined, they cover an estimated 120 million Americans and spend a quarter of the federal government’s budget. And without major reforms, these entitlements threaten to bankrupt taxpayers and hang patients out to dry.
What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct primary care is a direct patient-to-provider relationship that delivers quality healthcare at an affordable price. Under a direct primary care contract, patients pay their physicians a flat, monthly fee. And in exchange, their physicians provides a range of primary care services. These services include preventive care, urgent care, chronic disease management, and wellness support.
After seeing Wyoming’s Hospital Association fight tooth and nail for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, you’d think Medicaid expansion left hospitals in other states flush with cash. The reality is that Medicaid expansion has significantly cut hospital compensation, resulting in longer wait times and less services for the very patients it’s intended to help.
For four years, supporters of Medicaid expansion urged our elected representatives to permanently commit Wyoming to this entitlement program. And for the fourth year in a row, Wyoming’s Joint Appropriations Committee, or JAC, responded with a resounding “No.”
The director of Wyoming’s Department of Health, Tom Forslund, recently sat down before the Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) to make his plea for more spending. The biggest item by far on the agency’s wish list was Medicaid Expansion, costing a whopping $268 million. How did he try selling such an expensive line item to the JAC? He claimed Medicaid Expansion would actually save Wyoming money.