- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming task force is visiting five state-funded health care centers after a review revealed $151 million in needs.

The Legislature authorized the task force, made up of health officials, lawmakers and private-sector experts. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://tinyurl.com/l9cjzv4) they started the tour on Tuesday in Thermopolis and Basin.

The state has health care centers for the aging, veterans, the mentally ill and developmentally disabled people.

Task force member Tom Forslund, director of the Wyoming Health Department, says the group wants to look at the future of the facilities as well as their current needs.

The task force is expected to submit recommendations to the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee by November 2015, but Forslund expects initial budget requests to be prepared for the next legislative session.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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