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The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - WY: Budget Policy & Priorities

School food service staff members in Wyoming are shifting gears as classrooms close, and finding creative ways to make sure children don't go hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. (Wyoming Department of Education)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming joins the national effort to protect public health in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by closing classrooms, school districts are finding creative ways to make sure children who rely on school meals can continue to get healthy, nutritious food. Tamra Jackson, nutrition

A new study says switching to a single-payer health-care system would create demand for 2.3 million full-time health care workers. (Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- New research from the Economic Policy Institute shows that switching to a single-payer health system would boost the overall economy, make it easier for workers to switch jobs or start businesses and create a net surplus of new jobs. Josh Bivens, research director at the institut

Wyoming's retired firefighters, teachers and other public sector workers have lost an estimated 21% of their spending power since the last pension inflation adjustment in 2008. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The cost of health care, groceries and housing has increased dramatically since 2008, the last time Wyoming's retired public employees saw an inflation adjustment in their monthly pension checks, and many are having trouble keeping up. Last week, Wyoming lawmakers passed House Bi

Consumer demand for electric vehicles in Jackson has jumped by 300% since 2013. (Needpix)

JACKSON, Wyo. - Wyoming and other western mountain states are pressing ahead with a joint effort to deploy electric vehicle charging stations along interstate corridors and state highways. Alicia Cox, executive director of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition, says rural states such as Wyo

In 2015, Medicare beneficiaries spent $27 billion in out-of-pocket drug costs. (Needpix)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A state and national campaign led by AARP to rein in rising prescription drug prices is making headway, and Wyoming lawmakers say they are getting the message, especially from folks living on fixed incomes. Sam Shumway, AARP Wyoming state director, said the median income for Medica

The 12% reduction in Wyoming state pension checks due to rising healthcare costs equals about four tanks of gas and a half-month's worth of groceries. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On December 1, retired public employees in Wyoming saw a 12% increase in the cost of their health coverage, which is taken directly out of their monthly pension checks. Retirees receive, on average, $1,600 in pension benefits a month, and Betty Jo Beardsley – executive

Vertical Harvest operates on one-tenth of an acre, yet grows produce at a rate equivalent to a traditional five acre soil farm. (Vertical Harvest)

JACKSON, Wyo. – An indoor vertical farm in Jackson that produces and sells roughly 100,000 pounds of fresh produce annually is powered by a workforce built on the concept of diversity. Nearly two-thirds of Vertical Harvest's workers face disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome or visio

In 2019, the state Legislature increased funding for Wyoming Senior Centers by $225,000. (Knox County Gov/Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Some 74,000 unpaid caregivers in Wyoming provide an estimated 62 million hours of care each year, valued at $980 million, according to AARP's latest Valuing the Invaluable report. Sam Shumway, state director of AARP Wyoming, says caregivers are a crucial component of the hea

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