WPR News
8:34 am
Tue October 21, 2008

Health insurance not available for many in Wyoming

Laramie, Wy – Health coverage for full time employees continues to drop in Wyoming. The Equality state policy center's Dan Neal says that despite job growth in the state only 42 percent of companies offer health insurance in the state a decrease of eight percent in the last five years. "This is a trend nationally as well as in Wyoming. This is going to force us to address this to make sure that everyone has affordable, quality health care."
Neal says a study by his organization found that only a quarter of those who work in the state tourism industry can get health insurance from their employer. Some legislators are looking at ways to get people covered under a program that provides health insurance to children.