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Public forums focus on family health programs and needs

March 26, 2014

Public forums focus on family health programs and needs
— posted on March 26, 2014
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has scheduled a series of community …

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One-word change was a bombshell for the poor

March 4, 2014

After two weeks of toying with us, legislators opposed to Medicaid expansion finally decided to crush the hopes of 17,600 low-income people.

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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
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Wyoming House members voted this morning not to introduce a …

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GOP must think poor haven’t suffered enough

February 4, 2014

If you’re stuck in a minimum-wage job – which is likely why you can’t afford health insurance – you don’t have time to spend at …

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Joint Labor Health committee passes Medicaid expansion bills

January 14, 2014

Two bills could expand Medicaid. Bill to sell Life Resource Center property in Lander rejected.

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Medicaid Expansion: Some messages need to be delivered in person

January 14, 2014

The DOH estimated if Medicaid is expanded, within five years, 111 deaths could be prevented annually in Wyoming.

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Insuring more people may cut Wyoming’s high health costs

January 7, 2014

Experts say uninsured people push up health costs. Higher health costs drive insurance costs.

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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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Gov. Mead leaves door open for Medicaid expansion on Wind River Indian Reservation

December 10, 2013

After announcing opposition to expansion, Mead views tribes’ bill as special case worth discussing

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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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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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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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In this case, the feds really are our enemy

June 4, 2013

Dying of cancer, Tina Moyer never had a chance to collect her social security benefits because of a waiting period. Her husband is now seeking …

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Lies about health care reform are coming home to roost

April 9, 2013

No one is completely satisfied with the Affordable Care Act, nor should they be, but the law is having positive impacts for Wyoming health care.

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Wyoming reactions to Supreme Court ruling on health care

June 28, 2012

On Thursday June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law in a 5-4 ruling. Wyoming was one of several …

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Hot Flash Rush

by The Sage Grouse March 13, 2012 March 13, 2012

Hey Rush: don’t I remember you had a hydrocodone dependence problem? I bet the pills and the rehab, unsuccessful, were covered by health insurance. And …

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Wyoming cautiously reviews insurance exchanges

January 17, 2012

There are approximately 83,000 uninsured people in Wyoming — a situation that puts families at risk of illness, bankruptcy and death — and an insurance …

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Mead sets seven town halls to solicit ideas on health care

January 4, 2012

Mead sets seven town halls to solicit ideas on health care
Gov. Matt Mead has set seven town hall meetings to solicit ideas from citizens on …

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Unsung Heroes of Compassion

by The Sage Grouse July 26, 2011 July 26, 2011

In the course of the flight she mentioned that there was only one surgeon in eastern Bhutan, Lotay Tshering, who was constantly on the road …