Wyoming at Bottom of the List for Medicaid, Survey Says

March 15, 2021 WalletHub survey (courtesy WalletHub)
March 15, 2021 WalletHub survey (courtesy WalletHub)

When it comes to the states with the best Medicaid coverage, Wyoming ranks at the near bottom of the list, according to a March 15 survey by Wallethub. The Cowboy State ranked number 47, with Massachusetts coming in first.

A panel of experts ranked the 50 states across 12 metrics in three areas, including spending, quality, and eligibility and enrollment. Using a 100 point score, Wyoming netted 43.10 points, beating only Tennessee at 42.83, Oklahoma at 42.44, and last-place Georgia’s 35.33, per the survey findings.

At the top of the list were Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont, respectively.

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Wyoming fell short in three key metrics, including state with lowest medicaid spending in state budget, lowest adult quality care, and lowest total Medicaid enrollment per low-income population.

Currently, there are 2 million poor uninsured adults that fall within the coverage gap, according to the survey, resulting from state’s decisions to not expand Medicaid as was the case in 2013 when Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature chose not to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage, citing problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act that would have provided coverage to roughly 20,000 Wyomingites, per the Casper Star Tribune.

Wyoming is among 14 states nationwide that has chosen not to expand Medicaid, according to the survey.