St. John's Medical Center announces a Resolution of the Board of Trustees,
dated the 30th day of September, 2015.
Resolution of the Board of Trustees of St. John's Medical Center
St. John's Medical Center Board Urges Medicaid Expansion
The Board of Trustees of St. John's Medical Center calls on the Legislature
to stand with Governor Mead in his fiscally prudent course to expand Medicaid
in Wyoming in 2016. Our citizens, our hospitals, and our strapped state
budget need this.
Wyoming's hospitals from Jackson to Cheyenne, from Gillette to Green
River feel budgets squeezed covering some $100 million annually in uncompensated
care. Hospitals are, of course, legally obligated to stabilize patients
regardless of ability to pay. If the Legislature accepts the Governor's
plan and expands Medicaid, hospitals across Wyoming will gain many patients
who can pay more of their costs. Our hospitals will thus be in stronger
position to keep serving their communities.
The state's budget will also gain. Wyoming's Department of Health
recently concluded that, depending on how many people would actually enroll,
Wyoming probably foregoes over $100 million in federal funds annually
by not expanding Medicaid. Wyoming would also save on at least ten state-funded
health programs that expanded Medicaid would help cover. (These range
from psychiatric care at the Wyoming State Hospital, to health care for
foster children, to cancer screens, to public health nursing, to prescription
drug assistance, to children's dental care.) At a time like this,
it makes no sense to turn away federal funding – funding that our
Wyoming citizens help pay for through their federal income taxes.
If Washington ever cut off funding for expanded Medicaid (or any other
program), there will be ample time to revisit Governor Mead's decision.
But now is the time to seize the day. Please do the right thing for our
state's hospitals, our state's budget, and an estimated 17,600
of our fellow Wyoming citizens who would gain access to Medicaid.
Media Contact: Karen Connelly,
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St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
care, clinical excellence, and community wellness through a full-service
hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
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