CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A top Wyoming lawmaker says he believes the state should opt out of expanding its Medicaid program, a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Phil Nicholas, R-Laramie, is co-chairman the Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee. Speaking at Thursday's committee meeting in Cheyenne, he said he believes that Wyoming is likely to get stuck ultimately with the extra costs if it buys federal promises to pay most of the tab for expanding the low-income health program.

"I think in a general sense, Wyoming does not want to be pushed into an expansion of its Medicaid program," Nicholas said.

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