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Lawmakers advance Medicaid expansion proposal similar to health savings accounts


CHEYENNE, Wyoming — A plan to extend health coverage to thousands of low-income Wyoming residents has cleared a major hurdle.

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports ( ) the Legislature's Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee endorsed a bill Tuesday that allows the state to expand its Medicaid program.

The plan requires newly eligible Medicaid recipients to pay a small portion of their income into a fund similar to a health savings account and would allow residents who are under 138 percent of the federal poverty level to receive Medicaid benefits.

That, for example, would cover an individual making $16,104 a year or a family of four that makes $32,197.

Republican Sen. Charles Scott, the committee's co-chairman, says the plan would help control costs by making residents more responsible for their health care.

Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle,

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