The State's spending on healthcare has doubled in the last ten years. Almost one-third of our state is either uninsured or on Medicaid. Half the state is considered a health professional shortage area. If the Supreme Court upholds "Obamacare," then we need to design a response that meets our needs, not the needs of Washington, DC.
Whether Obamacare is overturned or not, Wyoming has significant challenges in the healthcare system. While Sue believes the private sector can provide the care that Wyoming wants and needs, the legislature needs to make sure that our laws strengthen and improve the ability of providers to provide care, and the ability of people to pay for that care. She wants to encourage insurance pools, increase the number of healthcare providers in Wyoming, and make Medicaid programs more cost-effective. On Thursday, June 28th, the Supreme Court released its decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). Sue will post her comments on that decision within the next week.
In the 2010-2012 there were only three legislators (out of 90) who listed healthcare experience on their internet information form. Sue has a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration, and will be able to make a significant contribution to evaluating and improving our healthcare situation in Wyoming.