After emotional debate, a proposed Wyoming law that would prohibit doctors from prescribing transgender-related treatments to minors unanimously passed its first legislative committee hearing Friday.
Attempts for Medicaid expansion failed on Wednesday night despite State Sen. Cale Case’s emotional plea for the measure. Every Medicaid Expansion bill over the last 10 years has failed in Wyoming.
Powell Police Chief Roy Eckert knows firsthand the heartbreak of watching a loved one succumb to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now he and other Wyoming law enforcement officers are pushing for a statewide alert system to protect vulnerable adults.
While philanthropy is one part of the complex mental health funding machine, lawmakers told Cowboy State Daily they don’t factor it into their funding strategies at the Capitol.
House Bill 66, which would have prohibited Wyoming businesses, health care facilities and schools from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, failed its third reading on the House floor by a narrow 31-29 vote.
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By a narrow two-vote margin, the Wyoming House of Representatives has advanced legislation that would prohibit hospitals, businesses, schools and any other facility in the state from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations and other related health requirements such as the wearing of face masks.
A proposed Wyoming law criminalizing transgender-related treatments for minors narrowly survived its first legislative committee vote Friday, passing on a 3-2 vote.
The Wyoming State House added an amendment to legislation on Wednesday morning that would allow private individuals and nonprofits to help fund state-run 988 suicide call centers in Wyoming.
A previous version of the bill prohibited all vaccine mandates for COVID-19 and any other infectious virus or disease. This would have included other diseases like measles, mumps, polio and rubella.
State Rep. Landon Brown said carving out the $46 million trust fund from a bill establishing the national 988 suicide call center program in Wyoming was the bill’s best chance to pass.
An effort to expand Medicaid in Wyoming cleared its first hurdle but not before Rep. John Bear added an amendment to the bill that stipulates no state money could be used for transgender surgical operations.
Although Rep. Ward said her Covid bill which would also prohibit required vaccines for polio, measles, mumps and other infectious diseases is a way to prioritize the rights of individuals, physicians said it would put Wyoming “back a few centuries.”
Physicians should not advise patients against COVID-19 vaccines nor promote Ivermectin, a retired doctor told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. Dr. Jim McEvoy said the new California law which would penalize doctors for advise against COVID vaccines is acceptable because it protects the patient.
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Six high school students from Cody have had to go to the emergency room after ingesting a psychoactive substance called Delta-8. Students from Cody lobbied the Legislature on Monday to make it restricted.
Legislation extending Medicaid coverage for new mothers from 60 days to 12 months passed out of a state House committee by a 5-4 vote on Friday, but not without some passionate debate on both sides.
Is Gov Gordon weakening on Medicaid expansion? The head of Health and Human Services in Wyoming said the governor supports a House bill that would extend postpartum coverage offered through Medicaid to mothers for a 12-month period.
A UW law professor and a retired Riverton doctor told Cowboy State Daily that a new California law that can de-license doctors for advising patients against COVID vaccines is alarming and likely unconstitutional.
One 91-year-old Cody woman began deadlifting 45 pounds in November. Now she’s up to over 70 pounds. The goal is not to compete but rather to improve their quality of life.
After Cody resident Sylvia Hutton claimed in a lawsuit that deceased Dr. Clinton Devin disabled her with a bungled spinal surgery, Devin’s estate denied her claims this week and said she didn’t follow Colorado probate law in filing her lawsuit.
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Although vaping has been touted as safer alternative to smoking, University of Wyoming Medicinal Chemistry Professor Dr. Guanglong He said his recent study looking at what vaping does at the molecular level shows the practice is very dangerous and causes long-term health issues.
A Riverton couple who were denied access to medical data from the hours between their son’s birth and his cerebral palsy diagnosis now have a second chance to learn more from the hospital as the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the family’s case is valid.
Saying her leg has been numb and dysfunctional since her December 2020 spinal surgery, a lawsuit filed by a Cody woman claims her surgeon, who was killed in a plane crash, cut corners.
Proponents of building a new hospital in Riverton say their existing facility, SageWest Health Care, provides subpar services to Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Brad and Jan Cundy lost their son 11 years ago. The parents are painfully aware that Wyoming is ranked No. 1 in the nation per capita for suicide. For them, that’s not just cold statistic.
Greybull Police Chief Bill Brenner had hoped that his mother might be able to stay in the facility she had called home for the last few years. But financial constraints ended up closing the Bonnie Bluejacket Nursing Home between Greybull and Basin.
A U.S. District Court judge has struck down a vaccine mandate for federally-employed preschool workers, and a masking requirement for the preschoolers, in 24 states, including Wyoming. The judge called the mandate “the very definition of tyranny.”
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Although Rep. Cathy Connolly (D-Laramie) sponsored a medically-assisted suicide bill in 2015, she said because Wyoming’s legislature has grown even more conservative, it is unlikely it would ever pass a euthanasia bill.
Gov Mark Gordon joined Wyoming Resource Center employees, clients, and supporters in Lander to mark the facility’s $85 million 2018 remodel.
Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a worsening shortage of nurses across the Cowboy State and nationwide has prompted some extreme recruiting efforts, including huge case bonuses.
Dr. Joseph McGinley of Casper has developed dozens of medical innovations, and also is advancing how businesses are financed as first Wyoming company to be part of relatively new SEC program.
Nearly a year removed from a devastating diagnosis, the U.S. Tennis Association of Wyoming recognized Atticus Spillman with the annual Courage Award for his win over cancer.
A Wyoming lawmaker says gender-related medical procedures on minors is child abuse and wants the Legislature to act. But an LGBTQ advocate says that would be government overreach.
California has enacted a sanctuary law for out-of-state minors seeking transgender medical care and procedures, but it may not interfere with Wyoming’s laws – because Wyoming has no law against transgender medical procedures for minors.
Distance between communities, staff shortages and few beds for crisis patients all are barriers for patients and the professionals who treat them in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Department of Health confirmed two more cases of monkeypox, one in Natrona and one in Campbell County. With four cases, Wyoming no longer has the fewest monkeypox cases in the country.
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Some Sexually Transmitted Infections were up 30% in Wyoming for 2021 with Fremont County recording the highest rates.
The Bonnie Bluejacket Care Facility near Basin and Greybull is just one of many nursing homes in the region facing the possibility of closure because of financial difficulties.
Fearing their child could handle no more chemotherapy, a Riverton family took a break from the treatment while pursuing alternate medicine. They are now under investigation for child neglect.
As the state health department announced Wyoming’s second monkeypox case on Monday, it warned that condoms may not be enough to stop the spread.
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The Wyoming Dept of Health on Monday announced that a Laramie County man has come down with monkeypox.
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A suicide prevention group called “No More Empty Saddles” has been formed for rodeo and agriculture communities after the passing of bronc rider John Beer. Beer was honored this past week at Tom Horn Days in Bosler, Wyoming.
With Wyoming’s suicide rate being the highest in the nation, it is hoped that ketamine can help people with depression issues. Wyoming’s only ketamine clinic opened in Jackson 2 1/2 years ago.
The Wyoming Dept of Health announced on Tuesday that the monkeypox vaccine is now available to a select group of people. Wyoming remains the only state in the nation without a confirmed monkeypox case.
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Three states have now declared a public health emergency due to an outbreak of monkeypox, but Wyoming has no plans to do the same.
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Kari DeWitt nearly bled to death when she was pregnant with her son. In 22 counties, she could have gone directly to a hospital to deliver her child. However, since she lives in Sublette County, she had to wait 45 minutes at the local clinic to get a flight to Idaho.
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A former Cheyenne Regional Medical Center employee improperly accessed the records of about 1,600 patients over nearly two years, the hospital’s compliance director told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday.
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Despite the Campbell County Hospital continuing to lose money, months after officials declared it was on a path to “financial insolvency,” its CEO is optimistic about the future, he told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday.
State Public Health Director Dr. Alexia Harrist said it was too early to tell if Monkeypox is going to be a major cause of concern for Wyoming.
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The Wyoming Department of Health is reporting an increase in vomiting, diarrhea, and both concurrently in some parts of the state and is urging caution.
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Although three neighboring states have seen the mysterious hepatitis cases in children now being reported nationally, the phenomenon hasn’t hit Wyoming.
The Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins will soon discontinue obstetrics services, hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Hinkle told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.
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The director of the Wyoming Sleep Disorder Center said the twice annual time change is bad for your health and said switching to any permanent time (Daylight Saving or Standard) would be hugely beneficial.
The largest U.S. Department of Agriculture loan ever made in Wyoming has moved Fremont County $37 million closer to a new hospital.
Lander’s SageWest Hospital said it should not be responsible for the medical bills of a Fort Washakie woman who died after her eye was gouged out by a fellow patient.
Although the Campbell County hospital is projecting losses of at least $10 million, officials are hopeful that recent changes will prevent the possible bankruptcy Campbell County Health is facing.
The Campbell County hospital is facing such massive budget shortfalls that it could be facing “financial insolvency” in just a few years, its leadership announced this week.
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After a hiatus of nearly two years, the Wyoming Department of Health is tracking influenza infections once again.
Wyoming’s influenza season appears to be off to a mild start, with cases markedly lower than prior flu seasons.
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A Wyoming mental health care official is asking residents to contact their local legislators regarding the state’s mental health care system, which is currently in “crisis.”
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Campbell County Health has agreed to pay Colleen Heeter, it’s former chief executive officer, $675,000 as part of her contract-obligated severance package, the organization announced Friday.
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A majority of Wyoming voters questioned in a recent survey support the expansion of Medicaid to provide health insurance coverage for more people.
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The Wyoming Department of Health on Wednesday announced the detection of a rare but serious case of pneumonic plague in a northern Fremont County resident.
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After a wet spring, the Wyoming Dept of Health is warning the public about tick-borne illnesses like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Colorado Tick Fever.
The percentage of smokers in Wyoming’s smallest county is almost twice the state average and is more than double the national average, according to a state report.
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Teton County is the slimmest county in the state with only 12.2% of Teton County residents having a body mass index higher than 30.
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A group of Riverton business and community leaders on Wednesday announced plans to build a new hospital in Riverton.
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Fremont, Sweetwater, Weston counties will all lose ambulance services on July 1 if funding cannot be found for the program.
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A Gillette hospital accidentally breached the personal health information of 900 patients earlier this month with an email attachment.
SageWest Health Care and LifePoint Health are proudly joining our community partners and hundreds of hospitals across the country in asking you to #MaskUp.
Wyoming is not the fattest state in the nation according to a new survey.
Gordon is allocating $600,000 to be directed to the Enroll Wyoming program, which will be used to hire trained enrollment counselors to provide outreach, education and assistance.
The new Western Wyoming Medical Ambulatory Surgery Center will open Tuesday in Lander.
Wyoming is off-track when it comes to roadway safety and mental health services, a recent National Safety Council summary revealed.
Wyoming was ranked 47th in the entire country for its overall vaccination rates, due to its low rates among both children and adults. Wyoming had the lowest flu vaccination rates among children under 17 in the entire nation.
Reductions in the amount of state money paid health care providers through Medicaid made as a way to tackle the state’s budget shortfall could result in providers leaving the program, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
Wyoming law enforcement and first responders will receive 1,500 automatic external defibrillators, thanks to a $4 million grant.
Wyoming landed right around the midpoint in a recent ranking of the best and worst states for health care in the nation by personal finance site WalletHub.
Perhaps the stupidest development as a result of the coronavirus is that there’s a smoking resurgence in the country.
Since the coronavirus emerged as a real threat to Wyoming residents in March, the only testing option for many counties was a process that involved sending swabs to the state health office.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wyoming Department of Health is withdrawing a set of proposed changes to the state’s immunization program.
The Wyoming Department of Health has issued new guidelines to allow in-person visits to long-care facilities, coming three months after all the facilities barred in-person visits due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Alexia Harrist didn’t expect to become such a public figure over the last few months, but believes officials have made the right decisions for Wyoming during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wyoming Department of Health has seen an “alarming” decline in the number of administered immunizations since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center saw a $1 million loss for March and CEO Tim Thornell projected an operating loss close to $10 million for April.
Take a look at what hospitals across Wyoming are doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Lab testing at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory has identified the first known case of a state resident with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
It appears likely that the Coronavirus will reach Wyoming eventually, so officials are making sure that the state is ready for that eventuality, Gov. Mark Gordon said Tuesday.
A measure that would impose a 48-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion won final approval from the House on Friday.
“We don’t have that money,” said State Rep. Bo Biteman. “We are scrambling, scratching and clawing, looking under the mattress for quarters. We’re not in any position to grow our state government at all. We need to be cutting our government.”
A plan to expand Medicaid coverage to about 19,000 Wyoming residents won approval from a legislative committee on Tuesday.