CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Only 49 people have signed up for a pilot state program that was authorized to offer health insurance to as many as 500 working people who otherwise couldn't afford it.

Supporters of the Healthy Frontiers project started in 2010 hoped it could provide an inexpensive alternative for people who have no health insurance and save the state money in the long run by its emphasis on preventative treatment.

The program is aimed at people without health insurance but who earn too much money to be eligible for the Medicaid program for low-income people. It also is designed to encourage testing and early management of existing health issues to prevent more costly medical care in the future.

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