Obamacare

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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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O’Gara: How many legislators actually grasp Medicaid expansion?

February 19, 2014

The debate over expanding Wyoming Medicaid to serve another 17,680 citizens – with the federal government footing the bill – is a journey through a …

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Senate Medicaid expansion bill faces next challenge in committee

February 14, 2014

Senate Medicaid expansion bill faces next challenge in committee
By Ron Feemster
— February 14, 2014
Ron Feemster, WyoFile reporter
The staged Medicaid expansion bill proposed by Sen. Chris …

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New Medicaid expansion bills replace familiar failed ones

February 14, 2014

New Medicaid expansion bills replace familiar failed ones
By Ron Feemster
— February 14, 2014
Ron Feemster, WyoFile reporter
After Wyoming lawmakers voted not to introduce three Medicaid expansion …

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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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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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It’s official: The crazies are in charge of U.S. House

September 24, 2013

This week Republicans in the U.S. House voted for the 42nd time to defund Obamacare, then cut $40 billion from the food stamp program.

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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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New education director Richard Crandall isn’t afraid to take on party leaders

September 3, 2013

Controversy seems to follow Wyoming’s new education chief, Richard Crandall, wherever he goes. He’s sure to have critics in the Equality State too.

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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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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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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.