A patient receives treatment at SageWest medical center in Riverton, which has discontinued services as a result of staffing difficulties.
Efforts in support of Medicaid expansion in Wyoming are picking up steam.

A single vote stops Wyo. Medicaid expansion, but a movement grows

Two identical bills to update Wyoming’s Medicaid program came before the same Senate committee this session. A senator who supported the first bill flipped and killed the second. But not before a movement coalesced that will continue to fight for affordable healthcare access in Wyoming.
Nearly three-quarters of the people who would become eligible for insurance are young single mothers.

Far-right full-court press fails to stop Wyo Medicaid bill’s advance

Members of the “Freedom Caucus” mounted a vigorous attempt to stop a bill to extend Wyoming Medicaid coverage to low-income residents on Wednesday, comparing poor people to livestock and simply denying any problem exists. But they failed, and for the first time ever, a Medicaid expansion bill passed the Wyoming House.
The additional federal funds would result in a long-term state revenue increase.

Dollars and care: Wyoming House gives initial approval to Medicaid upgrade

Many lawmakers explained that they had opposed similar measures in the past. But Wyoming has failed to find an alternative solution, the federal government is offering more funding, and tens of thousands of people in the state still lack access to healthcare. So this year is different.
Many of the people who would qualify for insurance are between 50 - 64 years old.

Second Medicaid update bill clears Wyoming Legislative committee

Two separate bills to extend insurance coverage to tens of thousands of Wyomingites have advanced thanks to public support and increased federal funding.
The law would drive more women out of state to receive an abortion.

Abortion pill ban is part of suite of anti-choice bills before the Wyoming Legislature

A proposal to ban medical abortion would effectively end Wyoming women’s ability to terminate pregnancy in the state. Similar laws passed in other states have all been found unconstitutional.
Tens of thousands of low-income workers, mostly single mothers, would obtain basic insurance.

New funding, public outcry prompt Wyoming Senate committee to advance Medicaid bill

Dozens of people showed up Monday to demand the Legislature take advantage of COVID-19 relief funds that would cover the cost of updating Wyoming’s Medicaid program to insure low-income residents.
Cuts to in-home elder care programs will eliminate jobs and force old folks out of their homes.

Elderly, disabled, suffering: Proposed Wyoming healthcare cuts will hurt struggling people across the state

Wyoming lawmakers have “trimmed the fat” at the state Department of Health for years, including a $100 million budget reduction in 2016. Now, a new round of cuts will hit bone, eliminating critical services for our state’s most vulnerable residents and canceling programs that will cost the state more in the long run.
Today, one in six Wyoming adults don't have health insurance.

Healthcare access grows harder for thousands of newly uninsured Wyomingites

Roughly 6,000 people have lost their health insurance in Wyoming during the COVID-19 pandemic. But state lawmakers continue to block federal funds that would cover insurance costs for low-income residents, while they gut state Department of Health funding for community health services.
More than a third of Wyomingites said they had stopped taking drugs as prescribed because of cost.

Wyoming lawmakers’ plan to import drugs from Canada won’t lower prescription costs

Working families and seniors across Wyoming are feeling the pinch of paying for steadily increasing drug costs. But the Legislature’s plan to import drugs from Canada won’t help.
A patient receives treatment at SageWest medical center in Riverton, which has discontinued services as a result of staffing difficulties.

Wyoming needs a strong healthcare system to help diversify its economy. It doesn’t have one.

Quality hospitals and healthcare will be critical to attracting new businesses and developing new industries in Wyoming, particularly in rural areas. But Wyoming’s healthcare system is struggling, which will make the difficult task of diversifying our economy even harder.