Cheyenne, WY – After extensive discussion, a Wyoming House committee has recommended passage of a pilot health care program. The $2 million plan would provide health care to low-income people, and includes preventive care, state funded health care accounts and high deductible insurance. Department of Health Director Brent Sherard says it should also give state health officials some information to build on.
Cheyenne, WY – The state Senate is moving forward on a bill that changes how people get medical advice. Called telemedicine it allows people can be in one location and get help from a doctor who might be somewhere else in the state. Senator Charles Scott says it is a concept the state has been working on for some time and it is a key component of health care reform. The Senate will debate the bill two more times.
Cheyenne, WY – Uncertainty over state revenues will dominate budget discussions in the Wyoming Legislature this week, the second-to-last week of the session.
The state is working to determine how much it stands to get out of the mammoth federal economic stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed into law last week. Some estimates of Wyoming's share of the stimulus package say the state stands to get more than $500 million.
Denver, CO – The governors of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are asking President Barack Obama to fund the development of clean-coal technologies in the West.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal said in a letter Sunday to Obama that finding a cleaner way to use coal is vital for reducing emissions, promoting national security and create jobs.
They say clean-coal technologies also could be used in rapidly industrializing nations such as China and India.
Cheyenne, WY – The State Senate is set to debate a comprehensive bill intended to reform the state workers compensation system. The Senate Labor committee gave approval to the bill on Friday. The bill will increase cost of living payments to those on permanent total disability. But Senator Charles Scott worries that this will encourage some injrued workers to take advantage of the system and remain on long term disability. But Green River Senator John Hastert doubts that will happen.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowboys have won two straight games and defense has played a role in both victories. Head Coach Heath Schroyer was especially impressed with his team's effort on Saturday in gutting out a win against Texas Christian.
Schroyer says defense has been a key in helping the Cowboys when they have struggled on offense, like they did throughout the game on Saturday. He says the defensive effort needs to continue Wednesday when Wyoming travels to face Colorado State.