health insurance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Medicaid Numbers Remain Steady http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-medicaid-numbers-remain-steady <p>Earlier this month the U-S Department of Health and Human Services indicated that Wyoming’s Medicaid and the Children’s Insurance Program known as CHIP had lost four thousand participants.&nbsp;</p><p>But the Wyoming Department of Health says both programs are very busy.&nbsp; The Department’s Jan Stahl says Wyoming numbers go up and down throughout the year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:10:37 +0000 Bob Beck 58205 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Medicaid Numbers Remain Steady Healthcare.gov Navigators See Surge As Deadline Looms http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/healthcaregov-navigators-see-surge-deadline-looms <p>With the deadline looming to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, healthcare-dot-gov navigators are seeing a surge in people seeking help. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Huntington has more.</p><p>"Thanks for your patience, you'll have our undivided attention shortly. Your access to quality, affordable coverage is just a few minutes away."</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:35:21 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 56058 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Healthcare.gov Navigators See Surge As Deadline Looms Wyoming’s health insurance marketplace opens http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-s-health-insurance-marketplace-opens <p>Wyoming residents will get to choose from roughly 16 health insurance plans as the new federal health insurance marketplace opens up today.&nbsp; While Wyoming premiums will be higher than the rest of the country,&nbsp; Mike Fierberg of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid says that tax credits will help offset the cost.&nbsp; He says credits will be available to low-income people, all the way up to salaries that are four-times the federal poverty level.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:14:24 +0000 Bob Beck 47736 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming’s health insurance marketplace opens Wyoming can expect highest premiums in the country from its health care marketplace http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-can-expect-highest-premiums-country-its-health-care-marketplace <p>Starting October first, Wyomingites will be able to go online and shop for medical insurance coverage from the participating providers in the state&rsquo;s insurance marketplace.<br /><br />Under the healthcare marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, Wyomingites will be able to choose from about 16 plans, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. The average premium for the cheapest, medium-coverage plan will be $489 per month. That&rsquo;s the most expensive in the country.<br /> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:55:15 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 47482 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming can expect highest premiums in the country from its health care marketplace Legislators consider Medicaid expansion options http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislators-consider-medicaid-expansion-options <p></p><p></p><p>To comply with the Affordable Care Act, Wyoming lawmakers still have to determine whether they want to provide more health insurance to people who cannot afford it, and what such a plan would look like.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The legislature soundly defeated a proposal to expand the current Medicaid program, so the Wyoming Department of Health has pitched a new proposal where people could purchase a scaled-down version of Medicaid Insurance.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:40:47 +0000 Bob Beck 46762 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislators consider Medicaid expansion options Lummis will support removing funding from the Affordable Care Act http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lummis-will-support-removing-funding-affordable-care-act <p> Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says she supports efforts in the House of Representatives to de-fund the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</p><p>Lummis says there are too many problems with the health care overhaul, starting with the individual mandate. That says everyone must purchase insurance or face a fine.&nbsp; The idea is that with more people getting health insurance, health care costs will go down.&nbsp; But Lummis met with a group of young male Wyoming workers who convinced her that the idea won’t work.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:43:03 +0000 Bob Beck 45714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lummis will support removing funding from the Affordable Care Act WY still not sure how the health insurance exchange will function http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-still-not-sure-how-health-insurance-exchange-will-function <p>The Wyoming Insurance Commissioner says he has no idea how the federal health insurance marketplace, also known as an insurance exchange, will change the health insurance landscape in Wyoming. Tom Hirsig says he has no idea how many companies are considering offering insurance to state residents as part of the exchange.</p><p>“Probably companies are going to have to pick the states where they do the most business to start with, but in the future we are hoping that with time there will be more activity inside the exchange or marketplace.”</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:28:25 +0000 Bob Beck 42575 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY still not sure how the health insurance exchange will function Senate begins debate on the interstate sales of health insurance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-begins-debate-interstate-sales-health-insurance <p>The State Senate has given initial approval to a bill that will allow out-of-state health insurance companies to offer policies in Wyoming.&nbsp; The goal of the legislation is to encourage competition and possibly lower health insurance costs.<br><br>Wyoming consumers have limited health insurance choices and supporters hope the bill will fix this. However,&nbsp; Senator Bill Landen of Casper says he is worried that the legislation could harm Wyoming insurers, by bringing in unwanted competition.&nbsp;<br> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:14:20 +0000 Bob Beck 36387 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate begins debate on the interstate sales of health insurance