Sherard: Budget cuts underscore need for program

Cheyenne, WY – The director of the Wyoming Department of Health says budget cuts underscore the need to pursue a pilot program to offer health insurance to people who can't afford it on the open market.

Dr. Brent Sherard told members of the Joint Interim Appropriations Committee on Friday that his department wants to maintain public access to health care despite the cuts.

The department is losing $43 million from the roughly $425 million in state funds it was to receive in the coming fiscal year.

Sherard says he believes the funding cuts make it more imperative for the state to pursue a proposed health care reform pilot project. The Legislature defeated the program earlier this year, but supporters say they plan to push it again.