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Wyoming scrambles after losing 'Obamacare' legal challenge

While Wyoming’s all-Republican congressional delegation decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision late last week to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and vowed to repeal the law, their Republican counterparts at home appeared to labor under the assumption that Wyoming …

Wyoming betting on coal-bed methane comeback despite industry bankruptcies

Over the past several years coal-bed methane gas operators in the Powder River Basin have idled thousands of wells due to low pricing, and a handful of operators struggle on the verge of bankruptcy. Black Diamond Energy Inc. and Loral Operating, for example, each have failed to put up the full amount of state-mandated “idle well” bonding. Each has also failed to perform required “mechancial integrity testing” to ensure their idle wells do not create environmental or human health hazards. In all, the fate of some 11,800 idle coal-bed methane wells in the basin remains uncertain, creating a potential liability that could cost millions of dollars to address.

Shake-up in alcohol, tobacco and suicide prevention services rankles providers

A major shake-up is coming in how a federal grant to help prevent suicide and the use of alcohol and tobacco will be administered in Wyoming. Some critics say it will result in significant layoffs at community-level organizations, and it could diminish some one-on-one prevention services. The change has also raised questions about the bidding process that awarded a contract for health services.

Health on Hold: Lawmakers put the brakes on health insurance exchange effort

After nearly two years of study and building a wide coalition of stakeholders, Wyoming’s Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee is temporarily on hold. Some say the suspension is appropriate amid legal uncertainty about federal health laws. Others say the move feels like a political affront to what had grown into a fairly large and diverse group of stakeholders during the past two years.