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Wyoming’s Kid Care CHIP changes take effect with over 3,300 children enrolled

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CASPER, Wyo. — Over 3,300 children are enrolled in the Wyoming Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as Kid Care CHIP, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

The WDH said on Wednesday, Sept. 30 that they have assumed “direct administration of the program.”

“Kid Care CHIP operations have been incorporated into the procedures the department uses to manage Wyoming Medicaid,” the WDH said. “More than 3,300 children are currently enrolled in the program, which is supported by a combination of state and federal funds.”

The WDH says that the program will see some changes that will affect healthcare providers including “different reimbursement rates and billing processes that will match those offered by Wyoming Medicaid.”

“While most Kid Care CHIP healthcare providers are also providers under Wyoming Medicaid, any provider who is not currently enrolled with our Medicaid program needs to do so as soon as possible,” WDH Division of Healthcare Financing Senior Administrator Teri Green said. “This will allow them to continue serving their Kid Care CHIP clients without a concern regarding payment issues.”

People with children already enrolled in the program should have already received new program cards. The WDH says that they don’t need to take any action to continue receiving coverage.

“Our clients should also notice lower copays and more covered services over time,” Green said. “Overall we expect a smooth transition for both our Kid Care CHIP providers and for the program’s clients.”

The program is expected to see an overall reduction in costs due to the administrative change, the WDH says.

“WDH had been contracting with a private insurance company to administer the program in Wyoming for many years,” the release adds. “No private insurance or managed care companies responded to a request for program proposals distributed by WDH earlier this year, and the contract for the existing vendor has expired.”

“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. 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 adds:

More information on the Kid Care CHIP program may be found at https://health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/chip/.

Families interested in applying for either Kid Care CHIP or Wyoming Medicaid use the same process, which may be found online at https://health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/apply/. Wyoming Department of Health

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.


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