Wyoming Liberty Group
There's no question that Wyoming needs reforms that make healthcare more affordable, accessible, and responsive to the needs of patients. Expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is not one of them. Instead, the program crowds out private insurance, underpays doctors, and delivers terrible outcomes to patients.
Every year, Wyoming taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid. Yet we have little to say in its management. The federal government mandates who Medicaid covers, what it pays for, and how it pays doctors. Because of all these mandates, Medicaid has grown too large and cumbersome to ensure patients have reliable access to quality healthcare.
At the start of Wyoming’s Joint Appropriations Committee’s interim meeting, Governor Matt Mead announced dramatic spending cuts to Medicaid and other health programs. But rather than eliminate wasteful initiatives and prioritize effective ones, Mead’s budget cuts punish virtually every program and could potentially hurt vulnerable patients in the process.
Wyoming originally opted into Medicaid to help low-income individuals access medical care. But unless this entitlement undergoes systemic reforms, patients will find it harder than ever to get healthcare.