Wyoming seeks $4.2M in federal health grants

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming has applied for $4.2 million in federal grants under the new health care legislation.

The most recent applications were for three grants totaling $1 million. One would fund a study of how Wyoming will meet a requirement for a state insurance exchange.

The other two would fund testing for West Nile, swine flu and other viruses, and home visits for early childhood development.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Wyoming hasn't applied for all the grant money available. The state hasn't asked for money to create a review process for excessive increases in health insurance rates.

The grants are under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama signed in March.