Wyoming’s rural hospitals are warning lawmakers that the U.S. Senate’s proposed health care bill could force them to reduce services, operate on even smaller margins or close facilities altogether.
There are fewer than 30 hospitals in Wyoming, and many are the only facility in their county. They form the backbone of health care in a rural state with an aging population, and many of them would be faced with stark choices under the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act, officials say.
Administrators worry that the Senate bill would only cause uncompensated care to soar higher. For instance, the bill would institute per capita caps on Medicaid spending. Currently, states are reimbursed for how much they spend on the social service, but the BCRA would limit that amount per person. States that overspent would be penalized and would receive even less money.