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It’s open enrollment time for Medicare recipients. This is when you should review your drug coverage and sign up for a plan. Kelly Wicks is the Wyoming State Health Insurance Information program manager. She helps people review their coverage and she tells Bob Beck it’s not uncommon for people to need to switch plans. 

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The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center will try to cut seventeen million dollars from its budget over the next two years.

"We are seeing decreased revenues coming from Medicare," says Jason Schenefield, Chief Operating Officer for Cheyenne Regional, as to why the cuts are necessary. "And things such as that which is really having us, along with hospitals around the country, trying to find ways of saving costs with declined revenues."

Schenefield also says decreased inpatient admissions is causing declining revenues.

St. John's Medical Center

More than 90 people gathered this week at the Teton County Library in Jackson to hear St. John's Medical Center CEO Dr. Lou Hochheiser explain health care reform.

Hochheiser told the crowd that as part of health care reform the federal government would be cutting what it pays hospitals to treat Medicaid and Medicare patients by five-to-25 percent. He said the goal is to use some of those savings to pay for expanding Medicaid coverage... essentially, paying less per patient in order to cover more people.

U.S. House Candidate Opposes Medicare Cuts

Oct 5, 2012

While Wyoming’s Congresswoman says she supports efforts by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan to reform Medicare…her Democratic opponent opposes it. 

Chris Henrichsen says the plan is to not provide Medicare to those who have paid into and earned that coverage and instead shift to a voucher type of program worries him.

Wyoming US Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis says she supports a plan to completely reform Medicare.  Lummis was speaking during an interview that will air this week on Open Spaces.   The Republican says she is a supporter of Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare.   Lummis says it is wrong to call the effort a cut.  She argues that the main part of the reform that she likes is that the healthiest and wealthiest recipients of Medicare will pay more into the system.   Lummis says getting a handle on Medicare is critical if the federal budget is going to be balanced. “Medi

We are joined now by Mike Fierberg who works for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services for the US Department of Health.  He tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck what seniors can expect from Medicare this year, but we start by asking him how competitive the insurance marketplace will be now that the U-S Supreme Court has approved most of the Affordable Care Act.

     People in Wyoming are being asked to share their opinions on the future of Medicare and Social Security.  The A-A-R-P is asking citizens to go to the website Earned-A-Say-dot-org and give their views on the importance of both programs to their lives and what they think about federal ideas to potentially reform both Medicare and Social Security.  A-A-R-P Wyoming State Director Tim Summers says his organization has done studies and has found that people in rural areas are unlikely to have a pension plan and for that reason, social security is critical.