- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - According to new data presented to lawmakers, Wyoming hospitals provided at least $100 million in medical treatment to patients who could not pay.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1JAO4NQ ) that according to a report by the Wyoming Legislative Service Office, the nonpartisan staff for lawmakers, in 2013, the state’s 27 hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid had $100 million in uncompensated care. In 2012, it was $116 million.

The staff presented the report to the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee Wednesday.

In 2013, uncompensated care averaged 8.1 percent of hospital operating budgets in Wyoming. The lowest was Sheridan County Memorial Hospital, 1.7 percent, and the highest was Niobrara Life and Health, in Lusk, at 42.2 percent.

Wyoming’s average is higher than the national average of 6.7 percent.

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

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