Wyoming Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Dedicated to the health of all children.
Debra Anderson, MD, FAAP
Suzanne Oss, MD, FAAP
Andrew Rose, MD, FAAP
Members at Large
Katarzyna Zarzycki, MD, FAAP
WY-AAP MEMBER CALL TO ACTION!
Please contact Rep. Cheney to let her know that the AAP (including the Wyoming Chapter) opposes the AHCA as currently written. We feel that it would greatly impact children and families, and certain gains that have been made in healthcare coverage would be lost.
The American Health Care Act would:
- Drastically alter Medicaid, jeopardizing children's health. The bill would transform Medicaid from an entitlement to a capped funding stream or block grant, shifting costs to the states and likely lead to enrollment cuts. This means less coverage for those who need it most, children with special health care needs and those from low-income families.
- It also jeopardizes Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefits, which cover a wide array of medically necessary services for children, including developmental, vision, and hearing screenings.
- Make coverage less affordable. The bill reduces tax credits and eliminates cost-sharing subsidies to help families afford insurance that meets their needs.
- Compromise care for low-income families: The bill would phase out the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which increased parental coverage and helped keep families healthier.
KidCare CHIP Updates
2017 KidCare CHIP and WY Medicaid income changes are effective on April 1,2017. To learn more about the new income requirements visit the WDH Medicaid Income Requirements page.
WDH has prepared some helpful resources and tools that are availalbe on their KidCare website to support pediatricians in educating patients and their families about KidCare CHIP opportunities.
Finally, the online enrollment form is up and running. Visit the WY Eligibility System for new enrollees. However, the Dept. has asked that individuals continue to call the customer service cente ror use paper applications for renewals.
Letter to Governor Mead Regarding Reimbursement
WY-AAP submits letter to Governor Mead and Director Forslund representing the concerns of Wyoming physicians related to coming Medicaid reimbursement cuts. CLICK HERE to read the letter.
Child Health Champions Campaign
Children's Hospital Colorado is working to expand its Grassroots Advocacy Network through its Child Health Champions campaign. This network is a group of people who care about kids' health and well-being and want to make a difference. More than four thousand people currently participate in the Network, which joins the voices of physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and families with business leaders and community members to speak up clearly and powerfully for kids when public policy decisions are made. Advocates write letters, make phone calls, and share information when needed to influence public policies.
To learn more about the campaign and sign up for the Network visit http://cqrcengage.com/childrenscolorado/childhealthchampions
WY AAP Newsletters and Member Updates
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WY AAP Member Update
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Community Access to Child Health (CATCH)
Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MSPH
District VIII CATCH Facilitator
ph: 801-585-6943 fax: 801-581-3899
Diane R. Edwards, MD, FAAP
Developmental Pediatric Services
915 S. David Street
Casper, WY 82601
ph: 307-472-3769 fax: 307-472-3707
American Academy of Pediatrics
Wyoming Department of Health
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