CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health said on Tuesday, April 7 that people can apply for Wyoming Medicaid, which is a joint state and federal health care program, during the COVID-19 emergency.
In addition, the release explains how the coronavirus outbreak relates to those already receiving Medicaid.
“During the federally declared COVID-19 National Emergency, all individuals who were receiving Medicaid benefits in March 2020 or after will remain on benefits until the end of the month in which the emergency period ends,” the Wyoming Department of Health said.
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Wyoming Medicaid is available to “some low-income and medically needy individuals and families.”
“We realize that COVID-19 has touched many residents’ lives, including those who may have suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves in a very different financial situation,” WDH Healthcare Financing Division senior administrator Teri Green said in the release.. “We want to help them know how they can apply for Medicaid in Wyoming and who the program covers.”
People may qualify for Medicaid if they meet certain criteria. The WDH says that “federal poverty level (FPL) is a key factor” in many coverage categories.
“The FPL for a family of four is currently $26,200; income levels are adjusted up or down according to family size,” the release states.
Wyoming Medicaid coverage categories include, according to the WDH:
- Children (154 percent of FPL for ages 0-5; 133 percent of FPL for ages 6-18)
- Pregnant Women (154 percent of FPL)
- Family Care Adults ($999 monthly income for a family of four)
- Aged, Blind or Disabled
- Special Eligibility Groups
- Medicare Savings Programs
“Kid Care CHIP is another health insurance option for children with a household income over the Wyoming Medicaid income standard but still under 200 percent of FPL,” the release adds. “People can apply for Kid Care CHIP in the same ways they do for Wyoming Medicaid.”
“Residents may also apply for health insurance through the federally facilitated marketplace online at healthcare.gov or over the phone at 800-318-2596.”
Due to COVID-19, in person Wyoming Medicaid applications are not being accepted. The WDH says that people can apply for both Wyoming Medicaid and Kid Care CHIP by:
-Calling the Wyoming Department of Health Customer Service Center at 1-855-294-2127. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.(Best option)
-Sending applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 1-855-329-5205. Applications and documentation can be scanned or a picture taken of the document to email.
-Applying online at www.wesystem.wy.gov.Wyoming Department of Health
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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: email@example.com
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.