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Town Halls Address Wyoming Health Insurance Exchange

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A Health Benefit Exchange for Wyoming will be under discussion at a series of town hall meetings. The first takes place next week in Cody with others planned across the state, including one in Casper, later this month.

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“Does an exchange make sense for Wyoming, could an exchange be sustainable in Wyomng with our small populations, and if so, what are the pros and cons of that.”

Those are some of the questions up for dicussion at a series of town hall meetings. Elizabeth Hoy, Health Care Policy Advisor to Governor Matt Mead says a steering committee considered the state’s options for fulfilling a mandate within the Affordable Care Act calling for either a state run exchange or one set up by the federal government.

The committee, with the endorsement of the Governor, are now recommending to the legislature that Wyoming develop and run its own. Hoy reminds that the Governor opposes the ACA and awaits results of a U.S. Supreme Court decision as to its constitutionality. In the meantime, the committee’s desired direction is for the state to work out its own solutions.

The town hall meetings, Hoy says, will be used to gather citizen and small business input.

“So we’re going out and doing a little education and information gathering and just connecting with people.”

The first town hall is January 10, in Cody. Casper, Gillette and Cheyenne’s happen the week of the 23rd. Hoy says Riverton, Rock Springs, and Jackson will likely hold their town halls after the legislative session.

Check the Governors website for updated dates and locations.

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