CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) said on Tuesday, July 7 that the Wyoming Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as Kid Care CHIP, will see some changes this fall.
WDH Division of Healthcare Financing Senior Administrator Teri Green says that changes to how the program is administered will take effect Oct. 1 and could save the state’s general fund about $1.8 million annually.
“We are going to incorporate Kid Care CHIP into the processes and procedures we already have in place to manage Wyoming Medicaid,” Green said in the WDH release. “By taking advantage of existing Medicaid capabilities, we anticipate a reduction in the cost to manage the program and we will not need to add any staff.”
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“We’re planning for lower copays and increased service coverages for our Kid Care CHIP recipients.”
The WDH say that they have contracted with private insurance companies to administer the program “for many years.” The current contract is set to expire Sept. 30 and the WDH received no responses to a request for proposals for a private company to administer the program moving forward.
The program currently has about 3,300 children enrolled. Both the Kid Care CHIP program and Wyoming Medicaid are funded by a combination of state and federal dollars.
“Wyoming Medicaid is a joint federal and state government program that pays for medical care for some low-income and medically needy individuals and families,” the WDH ecplained. “CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but have incomes of less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.”
The WDH said that since Wyoming Medicaid is “widely accepted among the Wyoming healthcare providers,” they don’t expect changes to Kid Care CHIP to require individuals in the program to change their providers.
“Existing CHIP recipients will not need to take any action to maintain coverage, and there will be no change to the enrollment process,” the WDH added. “Families interested in applying for either Kid Care CHIP or Wyoming Medicaid already use the same process, which can be found online at https://health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/apply/.”
“Wyoming providers and recipients will receive ongoing communication as the change approaches. Regular updates are also available on the Kid Care CHIP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KidCarechip. More information on the Kid Care CHIP program can be found at https://health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/chip/.”