Medicaid

CHEYENNE — Lawmakers in the 67th Wyoming Legislature will decide whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program eligibility in the upcoming general session.  If approved, Wyoming will be the last state in the West to do so.  The Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee voted 9-5 on Tuesday to sponsor...
SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital was not designed to accommodate people in mental health crisis. It does not operate an acute psychiatric unit; it does not offer — and is not designed to offer — inpatient psychiatric services.  Despite this, SMH accepted approximately 150 patients held under...
CASPER —  A couple of decades ago, Leilani Martin stopped by Poverty Resistance maybe once a year. She started visiting the Casper food pantry off and on in 2018 or 2019, she said — just when money was especially tight.  Now, she drops by just about every day.  “I just hope things get better,”...
POWELL — A concerning trend in nursing care in Montana may offer a glimpse of what’s to come in Wyoming.  Seven nursing homes have closed in Montana, which represents about 10% of its nursing home beds.  “There are a few others in Montana that have voiced their concerns about their long-term...
Wyoming lawmakers aim to improve pregnancy outcomes for moms and their babies. The item is the top interim priority for the Joint Health, Labor and Social Services Committee, which took it up during a meeting last week in Riverton. One potential solution involves extending postpartum Medicaid...
CHEYENNE — Attempts were made in both chambers of the Wyoming Legislature on Friday to amend the 2023- 24 biennium budget to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 20,000 residents without health insurance.  Both failed.  In the Senate, amendment author Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, tried to appeal to...
CHEYENNE — The full Wyoming Senate wasn’t able to vote on a Medicaid expansion amendment to the budget bill Wednesday night after the Rules Committee declared it unconstitutional.  Medicaid expansion has been a long-term effort by advocates such as Better Wyoming and the Healthy Wyoming Coalition,...
CHEYENNE —Lawmakers in the House failed to introduce a bill on the floor by Friday’s deadline that would have expanded Medicaid coverage for Wyoming residents. But that doesn’t mean the issue is dead for this session.  House Bill 20, “Medical treatment opportunity act,” would have needed 40 votes...
CASPER — Wyoming’s economy took a $2 billion roller coaster ride in 2021. The $1 billion deficit the state expected at the start of the year became a $1.4 billion surplus as energy demand came roaring back and federal relief poured in.  As the state’s finances changed, so did voters’ preferences,...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow the vaccine mandate for health care facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid money, Weston County Health Services employees have until Jan. 27 to get vaccinated, unless an exemption has been approved, according to CEO...

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