Affordable Care Act http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en St. John's Medical Center Adds Surgeons http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/st-johns-medical-center-adds-surgeons <p>St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson is hiring several new surgeons and doctors to join the public hospital’s physician group. &nbsp;It will be the first time the hospital has directly employed surgeons.&nbsp;</p><p>St. John’s CEO Lou Hochheiser says the new hires are needed to meet demand in the area.</p><p>“A year and a half ago, we had 4 and a half surgeons in this community,” Hochheiser said. “We have lost two and a half of those surgeons, leaving us with two. Therefore, it was the hospital’s responsibility to make sure that gap was filled.”</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:48:27 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59686 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org St. John's Medical Center Adds Surgeons 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 Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/medicaid-expansion-faces-challenges-wyoming <p>For over a decade the state has struggled with making sure all citizens had access to health care. &nbsp;Much of this had to do with the fact that many Wyoming citizens can’t afford health insurance.&nbsp; The federal affordable care act was supposed to help.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:16:26 +0000 Bob Beck 54053 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Medicaid Expansion Faces Challenges In Wyoming New movement seeks to train health care professionals as team http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-movement-seeks-train-health-care-professionals-team <p>A central mandate of the Affordable Care Act is getting health care professionals to communicate across disciplines.&nbsp; A conference Thursday&nbsp;at the University of Wyoming&nbsp;brought health care leaders together to talk about how to better train students for&nbsp;doing that.</p><p></p><p>Brenda Zierler with the Center for Health Sciences at the University of Washington was one of the conference leaders.&nbsp; She says it’s time to move past the old paradigm in which nurses, social workers and psychologists all learn their crafts in isolation.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:07:29 +0000 Melodie Edwards 52472 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New movement seeks to train health care professionals as team Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-says-he-doesnt-have-good-plan-b-lieu-medicaid-expansion <p>Wyoming Democratic Party leaders have criticized Governor Matt Mead for opposing a full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. There are over 17,000 low-income adults in the state and State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar says it's not right to oppose the expansion, since Mead isn’t proposing another option.</p><p>At a press conference last week, Mead said that on that count, Gosar is right.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:29:04 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51870 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion Indian Health Service can take over a year to process contractor payments http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/indian-health-service-can-take-over-year-process-contractor-payments <p></p><p>A <span style="color:#1f497d"><a href="http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/659602.pdf" target="_blank">study</a></span> by the Government Accountability Office – or GAO - shows that it takes over one year for the Indian Health Service to process payments to contractors in 8-percent of claims.</p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:26:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51288 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Indian Health Service can take over a year to process contractor payments Wyomingites can bypass healthcare.gov glitches in person http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomingites-can-bypass-healthcaregov-glitches-person <p></p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:28:41 +0000 Melodie Edwards 48959 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyomingites can bypass healthcare.gov glitches in person How have you been impacted by the Affordable Care Act? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-have-you-been-impacted-affordable-care-act <p>How have you been impacted by the Affordable Care Act?</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:18:54 +0000 Diana Denison 48697 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How have you been impacted by the Affordable Care Act? Simpson calls the Republican attempt to delay the ACA bizzare http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/simpson-calls-republican-attempt-delay-aca-bizzare <p>As the federal government shutdown continues, former U-S Senator Al Simpson says the Republicans are wasting their time trying delaying or dismantling the Affordable Care Act &nbsp;-- also known as Obamacare.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The former Wyoming G-O-P Senator calls the strategy bizarre.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:43:48 +0000 Bob Beck 47828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Simpson calls the Republican attempt to delay the ACA bizzare 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 Sen. Enzi helped Sen. Ted Cruz block Senate discussion of Affordable Care Act http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/sen-enzi-helped-sen-ted-cruz-block-senate-discussion-affordable-care-act <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi helped Texas Senator Ted Cruz hold up the Senate floor for 21 hours as they discussed defunding the Affordable Care Act.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 01:05:13 +0000 Matt Laslo 47484 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Sen. Enzi helped Sen. Ted Cruz block Senate discussion of Affordable Care Act 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 Wyoming Department of Health administrator discusses Affordable Care Act changes http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-department-health-administrator-discusses-affordable-care-act-changes <p>Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a number of things are changing concerning Medicaid in Wyoming.&nbsp; Jan Stahl is the eligibility and operations administrator for the Wyoming Department of Health.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck spoke with Stahl, who says the changes will take place January first.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:51:23 +0000 Bob Beck 44040 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Department of Health administrator discusses Affordable Care Act changes 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 St. John's CEO explains implications of health care reform http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/st-johns-ceo-explains-implications-health-care-reform <p></p><p></p><p>More than 90 people gathered this week at the Teton County Library in Jackson to hear St. John's Medical Center CEO Dr. Lou Hochheiser explain health care reform.</p><p></p><p>Hochheiser told the crowd that as part of health care reform the federal government would be cutting what it pays hospitals to treat Medicaid and Medicare patients by five-to-25 percent. He said the goal is to use some of those savings to pay for expanding Medicaid coverage... essentially, paying less per patient in order to cover more people.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:09:39 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 39879 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org St. John's CEO explains implications of health care reform House considers increasing Medicaid fraud enforcement http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-considers-increasing-medicaid-fraud-enforcement <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A Medicaid fraud recovery bill has gotten initial approval from the House of Representatives. The bill would permit the state to investigate Medicaid fraud by medical providers and recipients without involving the federal government… Currently investigations only go forward when the federal government decides to investigate.</p><p>Representative Elaine Harvey says the bill is necessary to recover millions of dollars for the state.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:28:56 +0000 Irina Zhorov 36954 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House considers increasing Medicaid fraud enforcement 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 Rep. Lummis wants more mental health services, not gun control http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rep-lummis-wants-more-mental-health-services-not-gun-control <p>In preparation for President Obama’s announcement proposing gun control legislation last week, Wyoming lawmakers acted fast to propose bills making any such law unenforceable in the state. Wyoming’s Congressional delegation has also said that this legislation is not the way to go.</p><p>Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis has said that it would be better to focus on services for mentally ill people.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:46:32 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35768 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rep. Lummis wants more mental health services, not gun control Mead calls for studying healthcare during State of the State address http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/mead-calls-studying-healthcare-during-state-state-address <p>Governor Matt Mead is urging legislators not to dismiss health care issues, but to study them and craft a Wyoming response to the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; During his state of the state message today, Mead asked legislators to study both the health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:33:02 +0000 Bob Beck 35040 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Mead calls for studying healthcare during State of the State address Wyoming Legislature set to convene today http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-legislature-set-convene-today <p>The Wyoming Legislature is set to convene at noon today for the first day of its general session, which is set to run through early March.<br>&nbsp;<br>Lawmakers generally take care of housekeeping matters on the first day and won't get down to business until after Gov. Matt Mead delivers his annual state of the state address tomorrow morning.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:46:31 +0000 The Associated Press & The Associated Press 34968 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Legislature set to convene today A Legislative Committee will re-visit the topic of Health Insurance Exchanges http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislative-committee-will-re-visit-topic-health-insurance-exchanges <p>The Legislature’s Joint Health and Labor Committee will once again take up the issue of Health Insurance Exchanges this week.&nbsp;&nbsp; An exchange is an on-line marketplace where consumers can purchase health insurance.&nbsp;</p><p>Under the Affordable Care Act, states have to either set up their own exchanges or the federal government will set one up for them.&nbsp; Senator Dan Dockstader is among those preparing exchange legislation for the state, but he says Wyoming needs a partner if the state is to be part of a non-federal marketplace.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:33:54 +0000 Bob Beck 33863 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Legislative Committee will re-visit the topic of Health Insurance Exchanges Wyoming Democrat Supports Health Care Overhaul http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-democrat-supports-health-care-overhaul <p>The Democratic candidate for Wyoming’s lone U-S House seat says that the health care overhaul known as the Affordable Care Act is nothing more than a market solution for the nation’s health care problem.&nbsp;</p><p>Chris Henrichsen says it didn’t change as much as Republicans claim.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:31:30 +0000 Bob Beck 31035 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Democrat Supports Health Care Overhaul Governor Mead says a study shows that a Medicaid expansion could be costly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-says-study-shows-medicaid-expansion-could-be-costly <P>According to a study conducted for the state of Wyoming, expanding Medicaid could cost the state millions.&nbsp;</P> <P>Governor Matt Mead says the study shows that the Affordable Care Act will force the state to expand Medicaid coverage to some current children and adults between the years 2014 and 2020.&nbsp; But if Wyoming decides to follow the federal proposal to expand even further. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:57:36 +0000 Bob Beck 29716 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead says a study shows that a Medicaid expansion could be costly Native Americans Applaud Supreme Court Ruling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/native-americans-applaud-supreme-court-ruling <p>In upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has also affirmed the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.</p><p>Many Native Americans receive healthcare through the Indian Health Service, or IHS, with more than 10,000 people in Wyoming eligible for services, and 2-million nationwide.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 02:47:33 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26267 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Native Americans Applaud Supreme Court Ruling Blue Cross Blue Shield Responds to Healthcare Overhaul Decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/blue-cross-blue-shield-responds-healthcare-overhaul-decision <p>The Supreme Court, in a five-four decision, upheld the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The&nbsp;justices ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional under the commerce clause, but&nbsp;<em>can</em>&nbsp;go ahead as a tax.</p><p>The individual mandate requires that all&nbsp;people&nbsp;must buy health insurance. For insurance companies, that means they&rsquo;ll be getting a large, new pool of customers. In Wyoming, 17-percent of the population is currently uninsured, compared to a nationwide average of 16-percent. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:45:33 +0000 Irina Zhorov 26234 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Blue Cross Blue Shield Responds to Healthcare Overhaul Decision Affordable Care Act Could Change Course Of Election http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/affordable-care-act-could-change-course-election <p>Analysts predict that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act will strengthen President Barack Obama&rsquo;s position for reelection this November. Obama&rsquo;s critics had charged that the healthcare law was unconstitutional, but, the court&rsquo;s ruling now effectively removes that line of argument.</p><p>Jim King is a professor of political science at the University of Wyoming. He says Republicans will continue criticizing the content of the law, but will most likely use the healthcare act as a means of energizing voters.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:40:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26233 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Affordable Care Act Could Change Course Of Election Wyoming's Congressional Leaders React To Affordable Care Act Decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-congressional-leaders-react-affordable-care-act-decision <p>Wyoming&#39;s Congressional leaders are voicing their disdain for the Supreme Court&rsquo;s decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Senator John Barrasso says despite the court&rsquo;s ruling, the law is unworkable, unpopular, and bad for patients, providers and taxpayers. And he urged voters to remove elected officials in order to repeal the law.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:36:36 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 26232 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's Congressional Leaders React To Affordable Care Act Decision Insurance Companies Hold Their Breath Over ACA Decision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/insurance-companies-hold-their-breath-over-aca-decision <p>Wyoming&rsquo;s largest health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield says they&rsquo;re unsure what effects will be felt in the state should the Supreme Court strike down the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Wendy Curran is with Blue Cross Blue Shield. She says the insurance giant has been working hard to get up-to-date with provisions laid out by the ACA. However, should the act be struck down, she says many of the acts provisions would likely remain. But all eyes are on one key provision:</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:40:50 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 21739 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Insurance Companies Hold Their Breath Over ACA Decision