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‘Groomed And Preyed Upon:’ Detransitioner Who Had Double Masectomy At 16 Shares Regret

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Luka Hein testified to Wyoming lawmakers Friday about her experiences detransitioning from gender medicalization. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

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.

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Medicaid Expansion Amendment Dies; Becoming Annual Tradition In Wyoming

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Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, made an impassioned plea on the Senate floor Wednesday for Medicaid expansion. (Matt Idler File Photo for Cowboy State Daily)

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.

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Powell Police Chief Supports Adult ‘Amber Alert’ System That Would Help Alzheimers Patients

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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.

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Wyoming’s Anti-COVID Mandate Bill Chooses ‘Our Freedom’ Over Federal Money, Says Sponsor

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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.

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Wyoming House Re-Establishes 988 Suicide Call Center Trust Fund – With A $0 Balance

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Rep. Landon Brown discusses 988 call centers on the Wyoming House floor. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

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.

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Watered-Down Vax Bill Advances; Drops Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella Language

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Rep. Jeanette Ward, R-Casper, is the lead sponsor for House Bill 66. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

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. 

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Legislature Pulls Trust-Fund Support For Suicide Call Centers

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Rep. Landon Brown, R-Cheyenne, proposed an amendment to remove a $46 million trust fund from 988 hotline legislation. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

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.

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Casper Legislator’s Covid Bill Would Also Prohibit Required Vaccines For Polio, Measles, Mumps

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Rep. Jeannette Ward, R-Casper, on the House floor at the Capitol in Cheyenne. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

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.”

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Wyoming Doc Defends California Law Punishing Doctors Who Advise Against Covid Vax

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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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Deacon Says Extending Medicaid Not ‘Fiery Pit Of Socialism’ As Bill Moves Forward

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Members of the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee listen to testimony. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

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.

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In Reversal, Gordon Supports Medicaid Expansion For Postpartum Care

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Gov. Mark Gordon addresses the 67th Wyoming Legislature. (Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

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.

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Wyoming Senior Citizens Start Weight Lifting To Battle Disease, Improve Quality Of Life

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Linda Parko helps her husband John during a workout. (Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily)

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.

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Colorado Doctor’s Estate Denies He Botched Cody Woman’s Spinal Surgery

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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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Wyoming Medicinal Chemist Says Vaping Horrible For Health, Causes Long-Term Damage

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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.

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Supreme Court Rules Couple Can Sue Hospital To See Records From Disabled Son’s First Hours Alive

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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.

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Fed Judge Strikes Down Vax & Mask Mandates For Preschoolers & Workers, Calls It “Tyranny”

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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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California’s Sanctuary Rule For Child Sex Changes Doesn’t Impact Wyoming Because Wyoming Has No Laws Against It

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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.

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No More Babies Born On Side Of The Road: Sublette County To Get Its Own Hospital

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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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