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Posted inFeatured, Policy, Politics

Health on Hold: Lawmakers put the brakes on health insurance exchange effort

After nearly two years of study and building a wide coalition of stakeholders, Wyoming’s Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee is temporarily on hold. Some say the suspension is appropriate amid legal uncertainty about federal health laws. Others say the move feels like a political affront to what had grown into a fairly large and diverse group of stakeholders during the past two years.

Posted inDeadly Workplaces, Featured, Policy

Deadly Workplaces – Wyoming’s workplace fatality rate still ranks among worst in nation

Despite being saddled with the worst-in-the-nation distinction for workplace fatalities, the decision to emphasize voluntary collaborative efforts rather than inspection and enforcement was emblematic of a pervasive attitude among industry leaders and state lawmakers: “You get more done with incentives and voluntary cooperation than you do from being hard-nosed with inspections and that sort of thing,” Sen. Charlie Scott (R-Casper), chairman of the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, told WyoFile.