State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Wyoming

Wyoming has elected not to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults through the ACA, effective January 1, 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Health published its recommendation for an alternative Medicaid Expansion plan, called the SHARE plan, in November 2014, which is still under debate by the Wyoming State Legislature.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Wyoming has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). People can use the Federally-facilitated Marketplace to compare and enroll in health plans and take advantage of any federal tax subsidies that may apply.

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Wyoming can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately.  They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are four ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and to apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can access Wyoming’s  online application for free or low cost benefits. [iii]

2) They can print and complete an application in English or Spanish and mail it to the Wyoming Department of Health Customer Service Center:

Wyoming Department of Health
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 259D
Cheyenne, WY  82002[iv]

3) They can apply by phone or in person by calling the Customer Service Center (855-294-2127, TTY/TDD 1-855-329-5204).

4) Or they can apply online at Healthcare.gov[v]

 

Wyoming Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website and application forms to download and print [vi]

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid Customer Service Center (855-294-2127 or 1-855-329-5204 TTY/TDD)[vii]

 Link to a summary of Wyoming’s basic eligibility guidelines [viii]

Link to information on Wyoming’s Medicaid State Plan [ix]

Link to the Wyoming Medicaid Member Handbook[x]

 Link to information on covered services[xi]

Link to an organizational chart for the Wyoming Department of Health [xii]

 Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director [xiii]

Link to Medicaid provider manuals and resources [xiv]

 

Where can you apply for coverage on Wyoming’s health insurance exchange? Wyoming is not operating its own health insurance exchange.  Apply for coverage at Healthcare.gov

Where can you find help enrolling in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to Find Local Help in Wyoming[xv]  

 

State Health Information

How many people in Wyoming are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Foundation, the uninsured in Wyoming represented 16.5 % of the total population in 2013. There are 65,000 potential marketplace participants.[xvi]

How many are enrolled so far? 17,821 (13%) had selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[xvii]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? The total number of uninsured individuals in Wyoming that are eligible to enroll in Medicaid/CHIP is 10,000; 2,000 of them are adults [xviii]

 Is Wyoming a Medicaid health home state? No.

 Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature? [xix]

 

House: Rep. Elaine Harvey ( R- District H26) and Senate: Senator Charles K. Scott ( R-District 30) co-chair the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee

 

Other Related Information and Links for Wyoming

 Link to information on the Wyoming Department of Corrections [xx]

 Link to information about Wyoming’s substance abuse services

Link to information about Wyoming’s mental health services[xxi]

Link to the Wyoming Association of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Centers to get information about Wyoming’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Wyoming [xxii]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxiii]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxiv]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

 InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxv]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help in Wyoming, information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxvi]

 Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxvii]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxviii]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxix]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxx]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles: state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

[i] See http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-wyoming/, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 3:05 p.m.

[ii] See supra at i.

[iii] See Wyoming Eligibility System, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.: https://www.wesystem.wyo.gov/AVANCE_ONLINE_APP/Landing.action

[iv]  See Wyoming Department of Health, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:08 p.m.: http://www.health.wyo.gov/Media.aspx?mediaId=14455.

[v]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:08 p.m.: https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/

[vi] See Wyoming Department of Health, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:08 p.m.: http://www.health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/medicaideligibility/index.html.

[vii] See Wyoming Medicaid, Contacts Us, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. :http://wyequalitycare.acs-inc.com/client/contact.html

[viii] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:20 p.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)

[ix] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:20 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Wyoming (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).

[x] See Wyoming Department of Health, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.: http://www.health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/medicaid/home.html.

[xi] See Medicaid.gov, State Marketplace Overview-Wyoming, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.: http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/wyoming.html

[xii] See Wyoming Department of Health, About Us: Organizational Charts, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.: http://www.health.wyo.gov/main/about.html.

[xiii] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:38 p.m.:  http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)

[xiv] See Wyoming Division of Health: Medicaid Provider Manuals, last viewed at January 8, 2015 at 2:39 p.m.: http://wyequalitycare.acs-inc.com/manuals.htm.

[xv] See Covering Wyoming’s Uninsured: http://eadiv.state.wy.us/wsdc/WY_Uninsured_Stats_Pac.pdf.

[xvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:42 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at January 8, 2015 at 2:43 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:45 p.m., http://kff.org/interactive/uninsured-gap/.

[xix] See Supra at xix.

[xx] See Wyoming State Department of Corrections, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:55 p.m.: h http://doc.state.wy.us.

[xxi] See Wyoming Department of Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 2:58 p.m.: http://www.health.wyo.gov/mhsa/index.html.

[xxii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=WY.

[xxiii]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxiv]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxv] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxvi]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxvii]  See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxviii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxx See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxi See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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