- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A health equity group says low-income families and minorities still have trouble accessing health care in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1HbSB7v ) that the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council says about 81 percent of Wyoming’s population has health insurance, but rates drop below 60 percent for the state’s Hispanic and Native American populations.

Wyoming ranks among the worst in the nation for deaths caused by suicide, accidents, the flu and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also ranks near the bottom in the percentage of residents who have recently received a checkup.

According to the council’s report, poor health care coverage in rural areas and the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid are factors that contribute to those statistics.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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