Wyoming Medicaid is removing a cap on the number of people who can receive long-term care at home. Long-term care is assistance for older adults who are not able to function on their own.
Jesse Springer with Wyoming Medicaid says the change will mean that more elderly individuals will have the option to stay in their homes or communities, rather than move to nursing homes. He says it also makes financial sense.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a number of things are changing concerning Medicaid in Wyoming. Jan Stahl is the eligibility and operations administrator for the Wyoming Department of Health. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck spoke with Stahl, who says the changes will take place January first.
Earlier this year the Wyoming legislature told the State Department of Health to study the rising costs of Medicaid and determine if the program can be changed.
This week the Department will begin a series of meetings to see if members of the public have ideas on how the program can be both more efficient and improved. Medicaid pays for the health care of low income people and those with disabilities. Health Department Spokeswoman Kim Deti says this is not just about trimming the budget.
Officials at Sheridan Memorial Hospital say they are being upfront and transparent with the Wyoming Department of Health and patients in regards to equipment that may not have been properly sterilized.
According to the Department of Health, Sheridan Memorial failed to fully sterilize a piece of surgical equipment known as a laryngeal mask airway between May and November of last year.
Mike McCafferty is CEO of Sheridan Memorial. He says the hospital is looking into how the situation occurred.
The Wyoming Department of Health is facing budget cuts of five percent, following the denial of two budget items by the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee last month. The department asked the J-A-C to replace 48 million dollars that was lost after federal budget money ran out.
The funding was for mandatory Medicaid and mandatory emergency health detention costs.
With the denial, Department of Health Director Tom Forslund says his office is looking at some major cuts.
The Wyoming Department of Health is reminding women to take steps to reduce their risk of cervical cancer. Carol Peterson of the Wyoming Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program says there has been significant progress in the fight against cervical cancer in recent year. But a state Health Department report says Wyoming is ranked low at 45th in the nation for women reporting they had at least one Pap test in the past three years. Wyoming currently has a 78.3 percent Pap test screening rate,