Tom Forslund

The Director of the Wyoming Department of Health says if the state approves Medicaid expansion it could be awhile before it gets implemented.  

Tom Forslund told the Joint Labor, Health, and Social Services Committee last night that he predicts that it wouldn’t take effect in Wyoming until January 1st of 2016. Co-Chairman Elaine Harvey said she was told that if Wyoming adopted a simple plan that it could be approved by the Spring. Forslund said a simple plan would help.

Plans to fine-tune a major state Developmental Disabilities program will continue, but changes will occur gradually.  

The Home- and Community-Based Waivers program provides services from intensive supervision to help with a number of tasks. 

But nearly 600 people are on the waiting list for services, and the Department of Health has been ordered to reduce the waiting list, without spending more money. 

Gov. Matt Mead’s energy strategy is beginning to take shape. It is meant to provide a framework for balancing energy production and environmental protection, and should offer more certainty to industry and other stakeholders about energy development in the state.

Mead has devised a series of objectives, including expanding production, investing in more infrastructure, and attracting new industries.