Lawmaker will push to spend more money for people with disabilities

Dec 26, 2011

A Wyoming program that helps the disabled has a long waiting list, but a state bill to be introduced next
year could help. 

Jackson representative Keith Gingery is the sponsor of the bill to be introduced during the
upcoming legislative session would provide $28 million in state and federal funding for Wyoming's Home and Community Based Waiver Program.

The waiver program provides services for people with disabilities. More than 450 people in Wyoming are waiting for adult, child or brain-injury waivers. Wyoming expects to spend about $214 million on the waivers over
the next two fiscal years, with about half the cost paid with federal dollars.  But Gingery said that the funding isn't enough to meet existing demand for the waivers.