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Gov. Mead explores Medicaid expansion even as he opposes it

July 29, 2014

Executive branch officials are looking into Medicaid expansion in Wyoming under the guidance of language in the 2014 budget bill.

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Budget amendment allows state to make 2015 Medicaid expansion plan

February 27, 2014

Budget amendment allows state to make 2015 Medicaid expansion plan
By Ron Feemster
— February 27, 2014
Ron Feemster, WyoFile reporter
A budget amendment passed in conference committee today …

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Bill to expand Medicaid on Wind River reservation fails

February 12, 2014

Bill to expand Medicaid on Wind River reservation fails
by Ron Feemster
— February 12, 2014
Ron Feemster, WyoFile
Wyoming House members voted this morning not to introduce a …

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In Wyoming, the working poor remain uninsured

December 31, 2013

Gov Mead and the legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid leaves working poor without federally-subsidized health care.

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Sen. Charles Scott unveils ‘Obamacare Relief’ bill

December 18, 2013

Limited health coverage would aid those too poor for insurance, or who can’t pay high premiums.

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Legislature 2014: What you need to know about the budget session

December 3, 2013

WyoFile kicks off its 2014 legislative coverage with a summary of Gov. Mead’s budget proposal and a refresher on interim committee activities.

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Why does Wyoming insist on punishing poor people?

November 12, 2013

Sen. Charles Scott’s proposed work requirement for expansion of Medicaid is another excuse to shame people because they’re poor.

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Lawmakers inch toward ‘Wyoming solution’ for Medicaid expansion

November 3, 2013

After rejecting traditional Medicaid expansion for state’s poorest, Sen. Charles Scott’s “Arkansas plan” adds premiums and a work requirement.

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Obamacare health insurance faces hurdles on Wind River Indian Reservation

October 29, 2013

Insuring Wind River Indian Reservation residents under the Affordable Care Act would ease the ongoing funding crunch at the Indian Health Service.

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Lummis needs to stop marching with extreme right-wing

October 15, 2013

Losing on Obamacare didn’t change the minds of Lummis and her party, who pressed to get something from the Democrats that could be seen as …

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Feds debut sluggish ACA health insurance exchange in Wyoming

October 11, 2013

With the government shut down, shoppers were shut out of the website. State premiums are highest in the nation.

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Dangerous congressional game was never about Obamacare

October 4, 2013

The question we in Wyoming need to ask is, “Will our delegation continue this dangerous nonsense?” Given a clean continuing resolution, will they sign it …

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VP Cheney enjoys hero’s welcome in Lander, pleads for debt cuts

September 20, 2013

A member of the Wyoming team in the 2013 one-shot antelope hunt in Lander, former vice-presidnet Dick Cheney enjoys hero’s welcome, slams Obamacare.

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Don’t reward Wyoming GOP for shutting off Obamacare information

August 13, 2013

GOP leaders in Wyoming have not only delayed changes under Obamacare, they’re doing their best to squelch any efforts to tell people about what the …

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Wyoming’s medical community confronts rising healthcare costs

July 23, 2013

A national expert presents alternatives to fee-for-service payments, which, he says, drive the over-utilization of care and spiraling healthcare costs.

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How much does it cost Wyoming to hate Obama?

May 21, 2013

Refusing to hand Obama a success, Wyoming leaders refused to extend unemployment benefits, run our own health exchange, or expand help for sick, poor people.

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Lawmakers watch as feds bring Obamacare to Wyoming

April 23, 2013

Wyoming legislators dithered until the federal government stepped in to run the state’s health insurance marketplace. Now they’re calling that a great idea.

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Gov and legislators clash on savings, agree on spending

February 5, 2013

The current version of the 2014 budget bill moves the state away from the short-term, liquid savings approach recommended by Gov. Mead.

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When a fiscal conservative is too good to be true

January 29, 2013

Cheyenne loves Department of Health Director Tom Forslund’s data, but fights to escape his conclusions.

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Wyoming lags behind Western GOP states on Medicaid expansion

January 22, 2013

As Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and North Dakota governors embrace Medicaid expansion, Wyoming seeks its own way.