Healthy Wyoming will hold vigil to remember those lost due to lack of healthcare

Healthy Wyoming is a coalition with the specific goal of expanding the Medicaid health insurance program in Wyoming.

The coalition will be holding candlelight vigils all over the Cowboy State to remember and bring awareness to the thousands of lives lost due to lack of healthcare. 

Candlelight vigils will be held in major Wyoming cities, including Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette, Laramie, Rock Springs and others. The first vigil will be held in Sheridan beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Whitney Commons. 

During an appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse program, Alex Shannon with Healthy Wyoming told listeners that the Medicaid expansion would be a positive for the Wyoming healthcare system, impoverished Wyoming residents and the state economy as a whole through the federal matched dollars. 

A. Shannon

According to a report filed by the Wyoming Department of Health in February of 2021, the Medicaid expansion is an optional path to provide health insurance to low-income, childless adults, who otherwise have no options in this regard. The original idea of expanding Medicaid medical coverage to low-income adults was a component of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The report reads that the expansion was designed to act in concert with the private insurance provisions of the ACA to allow all individuals under 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to acquire subsidized health insurance. The Supreme Court, however, ruled in 2012 that a mandatory expansion of Medicaid would be unconstitutionally coercive on states. This effectively made Medicaid expansion an optional issue for state governments. Currently, 39 states have elected to expand Medicaid; 12, including Wyoming, have not. 

For more information on Healthy Wyoming, click here

To see the report filed by the Wyoming Department of Health on the Medicaid Expansion, click here.



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mike duncan
2 days ago

Can you define ‘lack of healthcare?’ were they turned away at an ER or hospital? Did they choose not to spend their money on health insurance and they got face with a big bill? Did they not sign up for insurance??
Can you give me a case study where a person was allowed to die because they did not have health insurance?

edward capp
2 days ago

There are no lives lost due to lack of healthcare. Regardless of your ability to pay, you will receive healthcare. IF YOU WANT TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR EVERYONE’S HEALTHCARE, THEN HAVE A VIGIL BASED ON THAT. Don’t lie because it helps your agenda.

Debbie Davis
1 day ago

Mike Duncan & Edward Capp: my thoughts exactly! Sheridan Memorial Hospital has a sign by the window of the ER stating that no one will be turned away because they have no insurance. So we are already paying for those who don’t have insurance. Try telling the truth. Now I don’t know if that’s true for individual physicians, that would be interesting to know.