Laramie, Wy – A week long attempt at attempting to solve Wyoming's high cost of medical malpractice insurance begins today. The headliner is a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Legislators are being asked to give two-thirds support to the concept and put in on the ballot for citizens to decide the matter in November. But a bill that proposes other long range options, such as a risk retention group, will also be considered. Buffalo Representative Doug Osborn is hoping that legislation setting a cap on non-economic damages will pass.
Laramie, Wy – A consulting firm is coming to Wyoming to do a unique analysis of the delivery of healthcare in rural and frontier parts of the state. The company will take an inventory of resources and project needs in five, ten and twenty years. The director of the Wyoming Healthcare Commission, Diane Harrop, says she hopes it can be a tool for lawmakers at all levels of government. The study will cost 150 thousand dollars and should be done by October. Harrop says it may include some recommendations.
Laramie, WY – A Republican candidate for Congress wants to dismantle the U-S-A Patriot Act. Cale Case says Wyoming's current Congressperson did not vote on the final version of the bill, but he says he would have taken a stand. Case calls the Patriot Act a piece of reactionary legislation and he believes it's inappropriate. He says if there were good ideas in the Patriot Act, they could have been pulled out and handled separately.
Laramie, Wy – Union Pacific Railroad says it is further limiting service amid record shipping demand and crew shortages. In a letter to customers posted on its Web site, U-P Executive Vice President of Marketing Jack Koraleski says new actions will include creating an allocation system to schedule intermodal and other shipments. It also will temporarily limit rock and aggregate materials shipments from Texas through the 23-state U-P system. The nation's largest railroad had been troubled with slow trains
Rock Springs, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Sagegrouse Coordinator is asking Wyoming residents to report any dead sagegrouse they see this summer immediately. Tom Christiansen says biolgists are particularly concerned about how deadly West Nile Virus can be for sagegrouse. He says last year, 20 to 25 of the birds were killed due to the virus. Christiansen says those deaths were the only ones confirmed by testing so the number may be higher. He says most of the dead sagegrouse were found in northeastern Wyoming's Powder River Basin.
Laramie, WY – Congressional candidate Bruce Asay continues to push his plan for total reform of the health care system. He says a broad approach is the only proper way to reduce health care costs and reduce premiums for medical malpractice insurance. The Republican says his plan involves everyone. Asay says doctors, lawyers, pharmaceutical companies and individuals all have to give something in order to fix what many are calling a health care crisis.