Posted at 12:45 p.m., Feb. 15, 2016

Mead addresses Wyoming education

Gov. Matt Mead discussed college education as well as healthcare, and was proud to state the many achievements Wyoming has accomplished with regards to its education, during his 2016 State of the State address on Monday, Feb. 8.

In January 2016, Education Week issued its 20th report card with Wyoming’s education system rated best among western states and 8th best education system in the country. When it comes to the University of Wyoming, it was rated 9th best-valued college, Mead said. This is especially useful to Laramie County Community College since many students transfer to UW.

However, Mead said, “With President Obama’s administration they have diminished rather than improved coal.” He advised that over this next year private businesses, schools, legislatures and executive branches could aid in addressing this state-funding issue by continuing to push for coal.

Many plans have been shared and rejected when it comes to the expansion of Medicaid in Wyoming. The result of not expanding Medicaid has left local hospitals with more than $114 million of uncompensated care costs, Mead said.

“We are losing $310,000 every day we decide not to expand Medicaid. Since 2014, we have lost $220 million and more than 20,000 Wyoming residents are not eligible for Medicaid and remain uninsured,” Mead said. To help resolve this issue, Mead has recommended reducing the standard budget of $9.7 million for the Department of Health, which would help stabilize services and help provide the necessary health care to cities and towns.

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State of the state video