Sharon Skiver, administrator at the Wyoming Pioneer Home, said this safety net is exactly what the facility provides.
Members of the committee questioned the state's goals at the Pioneer Center and whether it could function without its current level of state support.
Task force members are beginning to get a firsthand look at the state's safety net health facilities in an effort to better understand the state's needs and the needs of the state's five facilities for the aging, veterans, developmentally disabled and mentally ill.
facility. Monthly costs are calculated based on a patient's current assets, with a maximum monthly payment of $1,600. Members of the committee said this cost is nearly half of what some pay monthly at private assisted living facilities in the state.
The task force is expected to deliver its recommendations to the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee no later than Nov. 1, 2015, but Forslund expects initial budget requests to be prepared for the next legislative session. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters.
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"Before we proceed with investing that type of money in our facilities, we thought it was important to look at not only where we are today but the future," said Wyoming Department of Health Director Tom Forslund. "If we simply replace and repair what's in place, we're looking at the past. We want to look forward to the future and what we anticipate our needs to be in 20 years."
Members of the community say changing this model would send more people who can't afford assisted living straight to the rest home, leaving higher Medicaid bills for the state to pay.
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"The state is going to pick up the price on these patients if they can't come here," Sen. Gerald Geis, R Worland, said. "You're not going to put them out in the cold, so the committee will have to make up their minds.
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would continue, but at a higher cost," said Rich Dunkley, interim administrator of the Wyoming Life Resource Center. "The question is, are we trying to be competitive or are we trying to provide a safety net for the state?"
Members of the panel said the hearing in Thermopolis and those in the coming days across the state are simply an information gathering process and that all alternatives for improving Wyoming's state health facilities remain on the table.
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