Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vote Doesn't End Medicaid Wait List Issue

CASPER, Wyo. -- State lawmakers on Thursday rejected a $12million funding request to cut wait times for a Medicaid waiverprogram that serves people with developmental disabilities.
But those who’ve been waiting years for services still have some reason for optimism. The Legislature will consider a separate bill next month that would provide even more money for the program.
The legislation would shrink waiting times to six months for adults and children with disabilities and one month for people with brain injuries. Waits now average one to two years, depending on the program, according to figures from the Wyoming Department of Health.
Closing the gap would cost the state $28 million, with half the funding coming from the federal government.

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