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What's in our July edition?

-- Introduction: We can reach new heights together

-- Unwinding chronicles: Hundreds lose insurance in first wave of Medicaid terminations

-- Guest column: Essential guide to understanding the importance of remote patient monitoring

-- Who can benefit from Wyoming's WIC Program?

-- Scam alert: Careless clicks can compromise

-- Deadline nears to apply for backdated benefits under PACT Act

-- Who wants to become an Enroll Wyoming Navigator?

-- Contact us: We are here to help

-- Enroll Wyoming calendar

-- Support our partners: Follow the link to community events

-- The Buzz archives

Introduction: We can reach new heights together

It's truly amazing the things people can do when they come together. This month we're be celebrating the 54th anniversary of mankind landing on and walking on the moon. This isn't the kind of challenge that can be completed with one person with a free weekend. NASA estimates that 400,000 men and women worked on the Apollo space program, which cost $175 billion in today's currency.


Enroll Wyoming is not looking to join the next space race, but we do have a lofty goal in mind. We are building a network to reach and support the roughly 88,000 people in Wyoming who were enrolled in Medicaid at the start of the year.


The Medicaid re-enrollment process has started, and people are starting to lose their health insurance benefits. We want to let those people know free assistance is available to re-enroll or find alternative health coverage.


We are doing what we can and appreciate those who talk to others, share posts, put up flyers, and other efforts that extend our efforts. We can't do it alone. Thank you for your contributions. When we work together, the sky's the limit.

-- Caleb Michael Smith, Enroll Wyoming marketing director

Unwinding chronicles: Hundreds lose insurance in first wave of Medicaid terminations

Hundreds of enrollees in Wyoming Medicaid just saw the clock run out on their benefits. We were warned this was going to happen, but that doesn't make the reality any easier to take.


Eligibility reviews were paused for years to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the reviews resuming earlier this year, the Wyoming Department of Health estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people could lose their health care coverage.


WyoFile reported on the first wave of families losing their Wyoming Medicaid or Kid Care Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits. We know many more will follow and have advice for those going through the re-enrollment process:


-- Call 855-294-2127 or visit www.wesystem.wyo.gov to make sure you have current contact information on file. Nationwide, a review of available figures shows that 75 percent of people who lose their benefits do so due to procedural issues. Only 25 percent saw their enrollment end because they were judged to be ineligible. If you cannot be reached or do not respond to inquiries from the state, you could lose your coverage even though you qualify.


-- Watch for messages regarding Medicaid and respond promptly. We know that people don't like answering calls from unknown numbers or opening every letter they receive. However, those who depend on Medicaid and CHIP should be taking extra steps to make sure they remain in compliance with the program expectations, which include answering re-enrollment questions.

-- Don't give up just because one member of your household loses coverage. A denial for one person doesn't automatically mean everyone in the home will lose their benefits as well. There are many scenarios where some but not every member of a family will qualify for continuing benefits.


-- Free help is available from Enroll Wyoming to guide people through the process. Whether one needs help with re-enrollment or finding new health coverage, we can identify options so people can make informed decisions. Just go to enrollwyo.org or dial 211.

We are asking partners and individuals to help spread the word by sharing informational materials through social media and newsletters. Find more informational resources like more graphics and sample text for newsletters here. 

Guest column: Essential guide to understanding the importance of remote patient monitoring

By Amy Surdam, FNP


Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is revolutionizing the health care industry by enabling health care providers to monitor and treat patients in the comfort of their own homes. Remote patient monitoring utilizes various medical devices, including wearable sensors and mobile health apps, to monitor the patient’s vital signs, symptoms, and medication use, and share the data with health care providers. Keep reading to learn more about this game-changing technology in health care.


What is remote patient monitoring?

Remote patient monitoring is a revolutionary health care technology enabling providers to remotely monitor and manage patients’ health conditions. It utilizes various medical devices such as wearables, mobile health apps, and digital assistants to track patients’ vital signs, symptoms, and medication use. This helps providers detect deviations from the patient’s baseline health status and respond proactively, preventing potential complications.


In remote patient monitoring, patients are given medical devices such as blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, scales, and glucometers that automatically collect and transmit health data to a healthcare provider or monitoring center. Health care providers can access this data in real-time and track patients’ health conditions remotely, allowing them to make prompt and informed clinical decisions. This technology can improve patient outcomes, reduce hospital readmissions, and lower healthcare costs.


Remote patient monitoring is particularly useful for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension who require frequent monitoring and care management. It has also proven effective in managing mental health conditions, maternal diabetes, post-operative care, and aging populations. With the increasing demand for telehealth services, remote patient monitoring is rapidly gaining popularity, offering a new standard of care in health care.


Read more about the benefits of using remote patient monitoring and the future of health care here.

Who can benefit from Wyoming's WIC Program?

The Wyoming Department of Health, which operates the Wyoming Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, is marking the 50th anniversary of what started as a two-year pilot program. WIC helps Wyoming families with free nutritious foods and education, breastfeeding support, and health care referrals.


The program serves women who are pregnant or new moms, infants, and children up to age 5. WIC features free, easy-to-use benefit cards participants can take to local stores to get nutritious foods at no cost. Some WIC families also are eligible for infant formula benefits.


“Our income guidelines are newly and significantly updated, which may help a few more families to be eligible,” WIC program manager Tina Fearneyhough said. “It’s been shown time and again that WIC services can significantly improve the health of our participants while also helping people feed their families during a key period of a child’s development.”


Wyoming WIC serves families with incomes up to 185 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. Learn more online. Find your local WIC office by using the clinic locator or by calling 1-888-996-9378.

Scam alert: Don't be compromised by email

We rely on email to make communication quick and easy, but this can make us vulnerable to criminal activity.


The FBI warns one of the most financially damaging online crimes is when scammers send an email message that appears to come from a known source making a legitimate request. Their tactics include


-- Spoofing email accounts or websites. By using variations on legitimate addresses (john.kelly@examplecompany.com vs. john.kelley@examplecompany.com), they may fool victims into thinking fake accounts are authentic.


-- Sending spearphishing emails, or messages that look like they’re from a trusted sender to trick victims into revealing confidential information.


-- Using malware. Malicious software can infiltrate company networks and gain access to legitimate email threads about billing and invoices. 


You can protect yourself by being careful while sharing personal information online; don’t click on anything in an unsolicited email or text message asking you to update or verify account information; double-check contact information like websites, phone numbers, and emails; and use multi-factor account authentication.

Deadline nears to apply for backdated benefits under the PACT ACT

Veterans of the United States armed forces can apply for benefits under the PACT Act at any time, but the deadline to receive backdated compensation is Aug. 9, 2023.


The full name of the law is The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act. It expanded Veterans Affairs health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.


During the signing ceremony for the law, President Joe Biden said, "The PACT Act is the least we can do for the countless men and women, many of whom may be in the room for all I know, who suffered toxic exposure while serving their country. The law expands access to health care and disability benefits for veterans harmed by toxic exposure.


"It empowers the Department of Veterans Affairs to move quickly to determine a service member’s illness and related military service to see if they qualify. ... It means access to life insurance, home loan insurance, tuition benefits, and help with health care."


Learn more about the PACT Act and how to file a claim here.

Who wants to become an Enroll Wyoming Navigator?

Here at Enroll Wyoming we call our team members Navigators because they guide people through the complicated world of health insurance. They lend a helpful hand to families so they don't have to go through challenges alone.


If that sounds like a role you'd want to undertake, consider applying to become a full-time health insurance marketplace in southwest Wyoming. See the job listing for more details.

We are here to help

Enroll Wyoming is a grant-funded program that educates individuals and families about their health insurance options. Even though our base of operations is in Cheyenne, Navigators are located throughout the Equality State. Enroll Wyoming cares about our Wyoming neighbors' health care needs and wants to make sure that everyone can obtain a plan that is not only affordable but will meet their personal needs.


Let us know if your organization wants more information or would like to schedule a presentation or visit. Navigators are available in person, over the phone, or Zoom. We accommodate all stakeholders to the best of our ability. Those in need of health insurance can call and set up an appointment. Translation services are available.


PROJECT DIRECTOR

Jason Mincer 307-633-7299 jason@enrollwyo.org

LEAD NAVIGATOR

Dasa Robertson 307-214-0786 dasa.robertson@crmcwy.org

REGION 1

Campbell, Cook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston

Nancy Drummond 307-461-9099 nancy@enrollwyo.org

Erik Saulness 307-461-9572 erik@enrollwyo.org

REGION 2

Converse, Natrona, and Niobrara

Cynthia Nunley 307-274-2312 cynthia.nunley@crmcwy.org

Festi Edwards 307-292-0387 festi@enrollwyo.org

REGION 3

Albany, Goshen, Laramie, and Platte

Parker Anderson 307-509-0508 parker@enrollwyo.org

REGION 4

Carbon, Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, and Uinta

307-352-9109 bandagedan@enrollwyo.org

REGION 5

Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, and Washakie

Abby Pratt 307-254-9639 abby@enrollwyo.org

REGION 6

Wind River Reservation and Fremont

307-240-9053 bandagedan@enrollwyo.org



ENROLLMENT SPECIALISTS

Geraldine Minick 307-439-6645 gerry@enrollwyo.org

Stephanie McAuley 307-620-8529 stephanie@enrollwyo.org


MARKETING DIRECTOR

Caleb Michael Smith - 307-209-4896 caleb@enrollwyo.org


Enroll Wyoming does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, religion, political belief, disability, or veteran status. This correspondence is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $3.95 million with 100% funded by CMS/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of, nor an endorsement by CMS/HHS or the U.S. government.

Calendar of Enroll Wyoming events

-- Enroll Wyoming will be at the Albany County Public Library on 310 South Eighth Street in Laramie on Thursdays. Call 307-214-0786 (Dasa) or 307-509-0508 (Parker) for an appointment.

--- Wyoming Health Fairs are hosting events in Buffalo. Enroll Wyoming will also be there from 7-10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Johnson County Healthcare Center at 497 West Lott Street in Buffalo. The next date is July 19.

-- Learn how health insurance can support your job search and event expand your options at the Rawlins Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the Jeffery Center on 315 West Pine Street in Rawlins.

--  Enroll Wyoming will be part of the Caspar Collins Day festivities on Saturday, July 22, at the Fort Caspar Museum on 4001 Fort Caspar Road in Casper.

-- Watch the next Enroll Wyoming livestream online at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. We are concluding a two-part series on health insurance basics. See the first part on our Facebook page.

-- Look for our table at the Worland Ten Sleep Chamber of Commerce Crazy Days on Saturday, July 29.

-- Enroll Wyoming is participating in the Age Well Conference hosted Aug. 2 at the Laramie County Senior Activity Center on 2188 House Ave. in Cheyenne.

-- The 2023 Native American Education Conference will feature a presentation by Enroll Wyoming. The event runs Aug. 8-10 at Cheyenne Central College in Riverton.

-- Element Church will host a family night starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at 600 E. Carlson St. No. 201 in Cheyenne.

SEE THE LATEST EVENTS ON OUR ONLINE CALENDAR

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