By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – The state of Wyoming announced this week that its employee insurance plan will begin covering prescription birth control, including oral contraceptives like the pill. Until now, Wyoming was one of only two states in the nation that didn't offer state employees some kind of contraceptive coverage. Ralph Hayes, who manages the state's group insurance plan, says the topic came up before, but both the state's conservative nature as well as the potential cost kept prescription birth control off the list of covered drugs. Hayes says the state spends about 12 million dollars total on the state's prescription drug coverage plan for employees. Birth control coverage will cost about 600 thousand dollars. That represents about 5 percent of the total program.