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Medicaid Options Public Forums Scheduled Around Wyoming

7/3/2012

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is inviting interested citizens including Medicaid clients, providers and social service agency representatives to attend one of five public forums scheduled in July to seek ideas on Wyoming’s Medicaid program.

During its 2012 session, the Wyoming Legislature approved legislation requiring WDH to conduct a study of Wyoming Medicaid. This legislation requires WDH to analyze the program’s cost drivers, identify areas within Wyoming Medicaid that may benefit from redesign and evaluate design options for Medicaid programs.

“We see this study as a valuable opportunity to look at ways Medicaid can be strengthened while we also examine how we can be as responsible as possible with the financial resources available for the program,” said Tom Forslund, Wyoming Department of Health director. “Input from those affected by Wyoming Medicaid is necessary for us to complete a balanced and useful study.”

Community Builders, Inc, a consulting firm from Douglas, will facilitate the forums on the department’s behalf in the following locations:

Cheyenne - Tuesday, July 10, 5-7 p.m.

Laramie County Community College - Conferences and Institutes (CCI) Centennial Room, 1400 East College Drive

Casper -  Thursday, July 12, 5-7 p.m.

Casper City Hall Chambers, 200 North David

Gillette -  Monday, July 16, 5-7 p.m.

Gillette City Hall Community Room, 201 East 5th Street

Riverton - Tuesday, July 24, 5-7 p.m.

Central Wyoming College - RAP Theater (Arts Center Building), 2660 Peck Avenue

Rock Springs -  Wednesday, July 25, 5-7 p.m.

Rock Springs City Hall Council Chambers, 212 "D" Street

Medicaid is a joint federal and state government program that pays for medical care for some low-income and medically needy individuals and families. Nearly 90,000 residents were enrolled in Wyoming Medicaid at some time during 2011 with about 77,000 receiving services. There are currently four primary categories of Medicaid eligibility in Wyoming: Children, Pregnant Women, Family Care Adults, and individuals who are Aged, Blind or Disabled. 


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