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Legislature Round-up: air ambulances, big game antlers, Medicaid fraud, and more

Crews gather around the Life Flight helicopter during survival training, in April 2018, on Casper Mountain. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City, File)

The Wyoming Legislature took a number of actions on Friday, Feb. 15. Here is a round-up of some of Friday’s activity:

  • A bill that would have Medicaid cover air ambulance service was placed on the Senate’s agenda after the Senate Labor Committee passed a recommendation vote. The House passed the bill on third reading on Feb. 6. The text of the bill says that air ambulance services can cost Wyomingites a “significant portion of their yearly income”. It says the service can cost between $25,000 to $75,000, thus the need to provide insurance coverage options. House Bill 194 can be viewed here.
  • A bill that would allow the Game and Fish Department to regulate the collecting of big game animals’ antlers and horns passed on first reading in the Senate. The House passed the bill on third reading in January. The bill says the purpose of the regulation is to minimize harassment to the animals’ populations. House Bill 28 can be viewed here.
  • The House passed the Wyoming Medicaid Fraud Control Act on second reading. The Senate passed the bill on third reading in January. The bill would create a “Medicaid fraud control unit” under the authority of the attorney general and creates criminal penalties for Medicaid fraud. Senate Floor bill 85 can be viewed here.
  • A bill that would require state agencies to hire firms for professional services in which at least half of the contract cost is performed by Wyoming employees was placed on the House’s agenda after the House Appropriations Committee passed a recommendation of the bill. The Senate passed the bill on third reading in January. The bill excludes some state institutions like the University of Wyoming, community colleges, school districts, the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Department of Transportation from most of the bill’s requirements. Senate Floor bill 74 can be viewed here.

All legislative action can be found at the State of Wyoming 65th Legislature website.


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