- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming House on Wednesday voted to approve a bill that would put up $1 million in state money to help hospitals in the state cover the cost of treating uninsured patients.

The Senate earlier had voted to put up $5 million for the funding. Differences between the two versions of the bill would have to be worked out in conference if the bill is to pass before the Legislature adjourns later this week.

The Senate passed the hospital funding bill after rejecting a bill that would have accepted over $100 million a year in federal funds to expand the Medicaid program to offer health insurance to 17,600 adults.

The Wyoming Hospital Association says hospitals in the state spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually caring for people without insurance.

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