- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Hospitals aren’t making enough in property taxes to cover bills that some patients leave unpaid.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1HxxOaS) a legislative labor committee is studying uncompensated care at hospitals ahead of the next legislative session, when lawmakers and advocates predict a failed Medicaid expansion bill will succeed this time.

Expanding Medicaid would mean more federal funding for hospital districts.

Casper Republican Senator and Legislative committee co-chair Charlie Scott opposes Medicare expansion, saying those federal dollars won’t last and states will be left to pick up the tab.

A report by the Wyoming Legislative Service Office says property taxes contributed about $40 million to hospital districts in the state. Unpaid costs came in almost three times that amount in 2012, improving somewhat in 2013 to total $100 million.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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