Laramie, WY – The group Smoke Free Natrona County says that in a countywide study of 15 restaurants where smoking is allowed, they found that 14 were classified as unhealthy using the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality index guidelines.
Laramie, WY – Law enforcement entities throughout the state are urging people to turn in their unused prescription medications in order to help address the problem of prescription drug abuse in Wyoming. Cheyenne FBI agent Jay Erickson says that Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and there will be drop-off sites across the state.
A insurance pool known as the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust may be in bad financial shape.
Wyoming – Internal documents obtained by Wyoming Public Radio show that one of the state's health insurance pools, the Wyoming School Board Association Insurance Trust, may be in bad financial shape. The trust provides insurance plans for more than 4,000 public school teachers and staff across the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone reports.
Large groups struggle to make health care affordable.
Wyoming – As medical bills continue to rise in the region, it's not just individuals who are trying to keep up with increasing costs. Larger groups in the state, like school districts, are looking for ways to keep healthcare affordable. Wyoming Public Radio's Kathryn Flagg has this report.
Health care debt is a complicated problem in Wyoming.
Wyoming – Although it's hard to get Wyoming specific numbers many who work in debt collection in the state say health care is the leading cause of debt in Wyoming. Here is a story about how some fall into that debt and how hard it can be to get out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Wyoming – Every five years Wyoming develops a comprehensive cancer control plan as the state continues to find better ways to both treat and detect the disease. Liz Mikesell is the person in charge of the effort. She tells Bob Beck that the last five year plan led to an important colorectal screening program.
Wyoming public health facilities are tackling the high number of Sexually Transmitted Disease cases in the state.
Wyoming – The Cowboy state ranks 37th in the number of reported H-I-V cases and officials say one in two sexually active young people in Wyoming will contract an STD by the age of 25. Rosemary Lew is the Outreach coordinator for Laramie Reproductive health, she tells Bob Beck that they have been able to increase their testing, but there is more to do.