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Wyoming Capitol Outlook

Wyoming Capitol Outlook

2013 Week Three

Wyoming Capitol Outlook "2013 Week Three"
Airs Friday, January 25 at 7:30 PM

Our emphasis this week is on the health care bills before the legislature.

Our guests this week are Rep. Elaine Harvey, chair of the House Labor, Health and Social Service Committee, Tom Forslund, Director of the Wyoming Dept. of Health, and Ron Feemster, health reporter for Wyofile (you can read Feemster's story regarding Wyoming lagging behind Western GOP states on Medicaid expansion here).

Three major pieces of legislation we will look at are, in order:

SF0122 Medicaid expansion ? would have allocated $156 million in federal funds to expand Medicaid to a low-income population ? estimated to be 17,600 people in Wyoming.

SF0060 medicaid reform ?includes a lot of specific measures to save money in the state health budget.

HB0203 health benefit exchange study and select committee ? sponsored by Rep. Harvey ? will form study committee to figure out how best to follow federal ACA and decide merits of establishing a state-run insurance exchange.

The program will conclude with a coffeeshop conversation on health care issues recorded at the Western Sky?s Family Diner in Wheatland.

Visit the local Wyoming Capitol Outlook website for more information on this and other related programs.