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  • 17,500 Wyoming enrollees lost Medicaid or Kid Care CHIP coverage over last year

    Madelyn Beck,|May 9, 2024

    More than 17,500 Wyoming enrollees lost Medicaid or Kids Care CHIP coverage over the previous 12 months ending March. That’s because the Wyoming Department of Health is performing its federally mandated eligibility review for the services. The state paused that annual effort during the pandemic while the feds temporarily bolstered Medicaid funds to help cover extra enrollees. Of those removed from the rolls, 12,380 — nearly 70% — lost access due to “procedural reasons,” like failing to return renewal paperwork. About three quarters of those...

  • Among first states to ban red flag laws, Wyoming tests its prohibition's constitutionality

    Madelyn Beck,|Apr 4, 2024

    Wyoming became one of the first states in the nation to ban red flag gun laws when Gov. Mark Gordon signed new legislation into law last week. Senate File 109 – Prohibit Red Flag Gun Seizure Act says no local government, agency or police department can implement or enforce any rule that keeps a Wyoming resident from firearms or ammunition unless that gun owner meets certain criteria. It also bans using funds from Wyoming or the federal government to implement red-flag gun seizures. “What we’re doing is we’re prohibiting law-abiding citizen...

  • Wyoming 988 suicide hotline is performing well. But it faces a fiscal cliff.

    Madelyn Beck,|Oct 26, 2023

    CASPER – Katrina Ferrell helps people in crisis. As program coordinator for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, she assists callers who may be feeling desperate or despondent. The lifeline provides free emotional support and resources day and night. “I think we make a really big difference in a lot of lives,” she said. For years, Wyoming has struggled with one of the nation’s worst suicide rates. And for years, it did so without a lifeline staffed by local folks. That’s no longer the case. Wyoming is now home to a pair of call centers t...

  • Delta-8 – AKA 'diet weed' – could be criminalized in Wyoming

    Madelyn Beck,|Sep 21, 2023

    Wyoming has long had an adversarial relationship with smokable or edible intoxicants, and that may continue with delta-8 – colloquially known as "weed light" and "diet weed." Members of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee will consider a draft bill Tuesday in Casper that would effectively ban that substance and any other with "similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity." The discussion comes at a time when stores selling the substance are proliferating in Wyoming, national l...