Gov. Mead leery of Medicaid expansion

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead has renewed his opposition to having Wyoming accept federal money to offer more poor people in the state health insurance under the federal Medicaid system.

The Republican governor is presenting his State of the State address to lawmakers in Cheyenne on Monday. This is the start of a four-week session focused on crafting a state budget for the coming two-year funding cycle that starts in July.

The Legislature last year rejected an offer of about $50 million in federal funds to extend Medicaid coverage to some 17,600 people in the state under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Mead and many state lawmakers say they don’t trust federal promises to continue federal funding if the state accepts the expansion.

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