Number of End-Stage Renal Disease patients statewide: 687
This state does not currently offer Medigap insurance to dialysis patients under 65.
Medicare, a federal program, pays for dialysis for over 80% of dialysis treatments. However, many issues concerning dialysis patients are actually handled at the state level.
Individual states have to provide certain basic services under Medicaid, but they also have flexibility in how they structure their plans and set their reimbursement rates. In addition, some states have the authority to determine the need and location for additional dialysis facilities (this is often referred to as certificate of need). Because dialysis patients’ care can be affected by state officials as well as federal officials, DPC members are becoming more active on state issues—ensuring the patients’ voice is heard locally as well as nationally.
Wyoming Dialysis Patient Resources
Patient Support and Financial Resources
National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming
Provides patient emergency financial assistance grants to kidney patients living in Colorado, Montana or Wyoming.
A financial assistance program for persons who have End Stage Renal Disease or have received a kidney transplant. The only additional requirements to enroll in this program are: the recipient must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of the state of Wyoming, and must make under $1,000 per month. The maximum fiscal grant is $100 per person per fiscal year, although exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients should find and complete all the necessary documentation through their Nephrology Social Worker or Transplant Social Worker.
Wyoming Children’s Special Health
This is a program that provides financial assistance to families with children who have special health care needs in Wyoming.
Sheridan County Wyoming Diabetes Strip Assistance Program
Provides free blood glucose test strips to diabetics meeting the financial guidelines residing in Sheridan County, Wyoming.
#15 Intermountain End Stage Renal Disease Network
165 S. Union Blvd., Suite 466
Lakewood, CO 80228
State Run Programs
- Adult Programs: Wyoming Medicaid that pays for medical care for some low-income and medically needy individuals and families.
- Programs for Children: Kid Care CHIP offers health insurance coverage for Wyoming’s children and teens through age 18 that are uninsured and meet income and eligibility guidelines that are not eligible for Wyoming EqualityCare (Medicaid). Dental services are provided by Delta Dental of Wyoming.
- Additional Programs: Wyoming Health Insurance High Risk (WHIP) Health insurance coverage for eligible individuals who are denied adequate health insurance.
Health Reform Status
Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Wyoming.
Medicaid: It is unknown at this time whether the state will expand Medicaid eligibility.