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Mon July 4, 2011
Wyoming is working on health insurance issues
By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – Although Wyoming is suing over the federal health care law, Governor Matt Mead says the state is working behind the scenes to get ready for new rules and regulations. Mead says there is a good chance that it will become law of the land, so it would be irresponsible for the state not to be ready. One thing Wyoming is doing is trying to set up what is called a health insurance exchange. It is a marketplace where people will supposedly be able to find and purchase affordable health insurance on-line. The governor says the fact remains that a number of people in Wyoming do not have insurance and it is to the state's advantage to try and change that.
"For those who want to participate and are working hard and still cannot afford health insurance for themselves or their family. I think it's a responsibility for us to deal with that situation. Because the fact is you could have some critical situations where they may be faced with bankruptcy and we are going to pay for it anyway."
Mead is also hoping that some private ventures to bring more health coverage to people across the state will be successful. This includes prevention efforts by major hospitals to new telemedicine programs.