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The Sundance Times Page 12 December 3, 2012 escrl expansion Expanding Wyoming Medicaid as encouraged by the federal Affordable Care Act could reduce the number of uninsured residents and save more than $47 million in state budget funds over six years, ac- cording to a new Wyoming Department of Health report. Tom Forsiund, WDH director, said his department analyzed ACA costs, benefits and Medicaid impacts. "Based on the information we have so far about the federal healthcare law and how it will work, we de- termined the full Medicaid expansion made option- al by the Sulmmle Court decision earlier this year could increase the number of insured Wyoming residents and result in state general fund savings." The WDH report described both positive and nega- tive impacts of expanding Medicaid in Wyoming. On the positive side, reducing the uninsured rate could help more Wyoming residents gain healthcare ser- vices and could also support the state's healthcare providers by reducing the mount of uncompensat- ed care they now must cover. The ~ed increase in federal dollars flowing into the system could help create higher demand for healthcare jobs. Poten- tial negative impacts of expansion included poten- tial healthcare provider shortages and uncertainty about the federal deficit's effect on future federal funding. As the ACA goes into effect, Wyoming will receive a 50-50 federal cost match to cover newly eligible children and h~xiworl~ enrollees. Expanded cov- erage for these groups is not optional. %Voodworl enrollees are likely already eligible for Medicaid and may be prompted by the ACA to enroll. The net cost to the state of covering the mandatory groups is estimated by consulting group Milliman to be $79.4 million for state fiscal years 2014-20 with an additional 10,600 Wyoming individuals expected to enroll in Medicaid by 2016. "We must expect to pay Wyoming's share for these groups regardless of whether decision makers choose to further expand our Medicaid program," Forsiund said. If Wyoming's pollcymakers decide to further ex- pand Medicaid to cover everyone under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL}, the federal government will cover 100 percent of costs for newly eligible adult enrollees for the first three years beginning in 2014. The federal share would decline to 90 percent by 2020. Mill(- man's best estimate is for 17,600 new "optional" en- mllees ff Wyoming fully expands Medicaid. According to WDH projections: The combined costs of expanding Medicaid to cover both the mandatory and optional groups for state fiscal years 2014-20 would be $151.1 million. The combined budget offsets for the same period would be $198.5 million. The net state general fund impact for the same period ff Medicaid is full expanded is $47.4 mil- lion in savings. "While most of the state's expect ACA-related costs are caused by coverage of mandatory groups due to their lower federal match, the potential sav- ings we found are mostly linked to the optional ex- pansion for adults," Forsiund said. WDH has several state-funded programs that provide certain healthcare services to vulnerable populations. "We may be able to maximize federal financing by shifting funding from programs that are currently paid for with state funds to Medicaid, which will be funded with mostly federal funds for the optional expansion group of adults," Forslund said. In addition, some services now offered by WDH programs will be available for clients through Med- icaid's healthcare coverage or private insurance. Programs with possible opportunities for cost off- sets include mental health and substance abuse outpatient services, Prescription Drug Assistance Program, breast and cervical cancer coverage, Preg- nant by Choice waiver, Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program, the Wyoming State Hospital, renal dialysis, colorectal cancer screening HIV/ AIDS medications and tobacco cessation medica- tion/counseling. Medicaid is a joint federal and state government program that pays for medical care for some low- income and medically needy individuals and fami- lies. There are currently four primary categories of Medicaid eligibility in Wyoming: Children; Pregnant Women; Family Care Adults; and Individuals who are Aged, Blind or Disabled. Figures contained in the new report, as well as those in other ACA-related reports, are estimated and based on the best-available data and analysis. The report is available online at www.health.wyo. gov. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Special Investigation Unit is making important strides in its fraud prevention and enforcement efforts for Unemployment In- surance and Workers' Com- pensation fraud. The DWS Special Investigations Unit is in various stages of prosecu- tion for 145 pending cases. DWS is working with Wyoming district or county attorneys to prosecute pending cases, the potential recovery of which is estimated to be nearly $2 mr- lion in Unemployment Insur- ance and Workers' Compen- sat.ion fraud to be returned to the state through restitution if prosecution is successful. Further, representing a best case scenario in successful Workers' Compensation fraud cases, DWS could yield a po- tential savings of more than $2 million in stopping cur- rent benefits and medical pay- ments based on the reserves established by Micro Insur- ance Reserving Analysis. Since the department's reor- ganization, Director Joan Ev- ans has placed an emphasis on fighting fraud and protect- ing taxpayer dollars. "The department is dedicated to ensuring responsible stew- ardship of taxpayer money," said Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Ser- vices Joan Evans. "Unemploy- ment Insurance and Workers' Compensation are meant to be lifelines to people in need. Our commitment to oversight and program integrity is important in preserving these critical programs." DWS's full time Special In- vestigations Unit Manager Brian Jacobsen monitors the divisions of UI and Workers' Compensation for abuse and fraudulent claims. A former wage verification cross-match program that identifies poten- tial overpayments. The three primary types of Workers' Compensation abuse are claimant, employer and medical provider fraud. Cur- rently, analysts within the Workers' Compensation divi- sion flag possible abuse. Ja- cobsen is creating a data scan- ning program to electronically detect possible abuse. The recovered U( monies will be returned to the UI Trust Fund which issues U( ben- efits to those who lose their deputy sheriff with seven years jobs through no fault of their of law enforcement experience, own. The recovered Workers' Jacobsen is a certified fraud Compensation monies are re- examiner. Fraud is among the most costly type of crime in the country and has a significant impact on the cost of employer Workers' Compensation pre- miums. Common cases of UI program abuse include misrepresenta- tion of the circumstances of sep- aration from the employer and falsely claiming work searches while receiving benefits. Most fraudulent overpayments are the result of claimants working while receiving U( benefits and not reporting those earnings. Wyoming currently utilizes a turned the Workers' Compen- sation Fund which provides benefits for workers injured on the job. In addition to these efforts to combat fraud, DWS has placed high priority on UI in- tegrity efforts. The department is utilizing customer education and implementing strategies to combat abuse and overpay- ments. Fraud can be reported di- rectly to DWS by calling 307 777-6370, or by visiting the foUowing link: www.wyoming- workforce.org/contact/Pages/ report-a-fraud.aspx. An e-subscription to the Times is just $30/year! Call 307-283 341 t or emeff news@sunda ncetirnes.com for detat s, Times WANT BOTH? For just $35 you can get both the electronic and still have the printed edition mailed (U.S. address) Sheriff's Dispatch Blotter Dec. 3 - Two traffic stops. Three VIN checks. Deputy investigated destruction of property complaint. Detention officers did fingerprinting for outside employment for two subjects. Deputies conducted welfare check. Dec. 4 - Paper service. VIN check. Deputy investigated Circuit Court . Speeding - Angela R. Nordsven, SD, 84/75, $100; Daniel S. Smith, Gillette, 84/75, $100; Ter- era Loper, Gillette, 35/20, $75; Chalayne L. Kimsey, SD, 84/75, $105; Rachel L. Puckett, LA, 86/75, $115; Garritt A. Dremann, CA, 100/75, $255; Adrian D. Hutapea, OR, 85/75, $110; Ricardo Evander Vasquez, CO, 85/75, $110; Maria Pina, Gillette, 76/65, $78; Jerame Scott Schultz, UT, 90/75, $155; Randy Allen Dionne, CO, 95/75, $205; William M. Sweeney, WI, 75/65, $75; Brian L. Zimmerman, CO, 74/65, $67; Tanner Ste- van Allison, Moorcroft, 80/65, $95; Timothy J. Bowen, MN, 80/75, $22; Kenneth Vandriesten, Canada, 78/65, $84; Brit- tany C. Weifenback, CA, 76/65, $73; William C. Wagner, OH, 80/65, $85; Maria K. Kruk, IL, 89/75, $145; Jan Khanitsky, SD, 87/75, $125 No Vehicle Registration - Delza Kay Maria McKan- nan, Gillette, $115 Obstructed View of Windshield - Christopher J. Skyberg, CO, $65; Casey O. Hanzlik, Gillette, $60 No Seat Belt (driver) - Christopher Joel Gray, Hulett, $25; Mark Marti- nez, Moorcroft' $25 - cense - Ricardo Evander Vasquez, CO, $110 Drive While License, Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked - Troy Sharette, Wright, $420 Fail to Display License Plates or Permits as Re- quired - Darcey J. Buresh, SD, $60 Operate Without Per- mission, Permit (day- time) - Daniel M. Man- ning, MT, $110; Benjamin E. Storing, MN, $110; Wil- liam L. Dorney, MO, $110 Violate Legal Weight (0- 2001) - Denny S. Burch, NM, $55; Jack D. Dittmar, co, $55; ( -ooz-4ooo}- David J. Nehring, ND, $105; Michael S. Paulus, Gillette, $110; Darren W. Booker, Canada, $105; Brian M. Rustan, ND, $105; Delmar J. Brownell,. SD, $105; An- drew D. Schreur, MI, $105 Vehicle Over Height Limit (daytime) - Mitchell L. Smith, ID, $110 Commercial Driver Pos- sen, Use or Under Influ- ence of Alcohol 4 Hours Prior to Duty - Kelly R. Eich, SD, $160 Under 21 Have Measure- able BAC in Body- Julian Dunn, SD, $140, 7 days jail/5 days suspended, unsupervised probation through 6/4/2013 DUI: Alcohol .08% or More (1"t offense within 10 years) - Julian Dunn, SD, $490 + $500 restitution, 30 days jail/28 days suspend- ed, unsupervised probation through 12/4/2013 Crook County traffic complaint. Deputy vehicle. Deputy investigated handled animal complaint. Detention officer booked in one subject on probation vio- lation. Dec. 5 - Paper service. Two VIN checks. Deputy handled animal complaint. Deputy did welfare check. Dec. 6 - Four VIN checks. Paper service. Deputy re- sponded to burglar alarm and found that all was secure. De- tention officer did fingerprint- ing for outside employment for two subjects. Deputy checked on abandoned vehicle. Dec. 7 - Prisoner trans- port. Paper service. Two traf- fic stops. Five VIN checks. Deputy checked abandoned suspicious person caU; no one located. Motorist assist. Deputy assisted Moorcroft Police check on suspected gas leak. Detention officer booked in one subject arrested by Sundance Police on Weston County Warrant. Deputy as- sisted Sundance Police with traffic control for parade. Dec. $ -Traffic stop. Deputy investigated report of suspi- cious circumstances. Deputy investigated harassment com- plaint. Deputy handled public relations call. Dec. 9 - Paper service. VIN check Inmate Census - Five males; no females. Continued from page 9 COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER KLOCKER SECONDED a motion allowing Raymond Howard to shoot off fireworks at the end of the Parade of Lights on December 7, 2012. Ayes were Council Members Palmer, Denzin, Klocker, Council Member Gill voted nay. MOTION CARRIED. Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz had concerns about the fireworks because there would be a live nativity scene on the courthouse lawn. Discussion was held wherein Council Member Gill voiced her concern for fire danger. Gari Gill indicated the fire ban was lifted on October 15th and said he was of the opinion that for the New Year's holiday that as long as there was snow cover typically in the past there wasn't a real concern for fire danger. Chief of Police Todd Fdtz added that in the past during the parade there were some issues with people on horseback when fireworks were allowed. COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER PALMER SECONDED to allow fireworks on December 31st at 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. COUNCIL MEMBER PALMER AMENDED the motion to aUow :, fireworks on December 31 St, at 6:00 p.m. until January 1st at 12:30 a.m. to be contingent upon there being a groundcover of snow. All ayes, AMENDED MOTION CARRIED. of Sundance. Attorney Hughes advised the council to consider publication fees which may be significant and may want to plan to budget for. COUNCIL MEMBER GILL MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN SECONDED a motion to adopt Ordinance 2, 2012-Zoning, and Adopting the City of Sundance Zoning Code in the first reading. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Attorney Hughes discussed the Lease Agreement for the Cole Storage Water Tank as well as the Temporary Easement. Discussion was held regarding language within the Lease Agreement. COUNCIL MEMBER PALMER MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN SECONDED a motion to approve the Temporary Easement. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER GILL SECONDED a motion to table the Lease Agreement for the Cole Storage Water Tank until after the council members could read the document and make any changes. Discussion was held. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. COUNCIL MEMBER .... PALMER MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN SECONDED a motion attowjn~ Mayor Brooks to represent the City of Sundance as a WAM Voting Delegate. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED ON ORIGINAL MOTION. Gari Gill, Crook County Emergency Management provided documentation that proved the street located beside the Crook County Emergency Management building located at 1312 Main Street had been abandoned. The Crook County Emergency Management will proceed with the original building permit. COUNCIL MEMBER GILL MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER KLOCKER SECONDED a motion to approve Resolution No. 18, A Resolution Authorizing Submission of a Joint Powers Act Loan Application to the State Loan and Investment Board on Behalf of the Governing Body for the City of Sundance. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. RESOLUTION NO. 19, 2012-Revised City Fees and Rate Schedules dated December 4, 2012. Discussion was held regarding the rate increase. COUNCIL MEMBER KLOCKER MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN SECONDED a motion to approve Resolution 19, 2012. RESOLUTION 20, 2012 Adopting the Code of the West Ethics. COUNCIL MEMBER GILL MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER KLOCKER SECONDED a motion to approve Resolution 20, 2012 Adopting the Code of the West Ethics. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Steve Lenz and Paul Anderson, Land Use & Planning Commission, presented the Council with Ordinance 2, 2012-Zoning, and Adopting the City of Sundance Zoning Code. Steve Lenz explained this document has been a long time in the making. He added that Paul Anderson had originally found zoning codes in use by Hill City and they have edited the document to make it pertinent to the City Monday, December 1 7, 2012 Hulett Town Hall - 6:30 p.m. Election of Officers/Notice of Intent to Adopt Rule Changes for Refunds Terms are up for Jerry Ista, Cattle Representative and Jim Dacar, Sheep Representative Jerry Ista, Chair Jw Nuckolls, Treasurer COUNCIL MEMBER GILL MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER PALMER SECONDED a motion to grant a Malt Beverage 24 Hour Permit to Dillon's Hardware for the Dillon's After Dark on December 7, 2012. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. The Land Use Planning Commission approved permits as presented to the Commission: Powder River Energy Corporation-sign, Kenny Byrne-shop, Paul Anderson-sign, Mary Sell-chain link fence, and Jim Pridgeon-CrookCounty Emergency Management-building. COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER KLOCKER SECONDED a motion to approve the Land Use Planning Minutes of November 26, 2012. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. COUNCIL MEMBER DENZIN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER GILL SECONDED a motion to approve proposed holidays for 2013 City Holidays. All ayes, MOTION CARRIED. Mike Finn, representative of Rare Element Resources invited the council and mayor as well as all Crook County citizens to an openhouse on December 13th at 2209 East Cleveland or in Upton at 504 Pine Street on December 14th. He also commended the council and citizens of Sundance on it being a well kept town. Fire Chief Blair Stugelmeyer was not present at the meeting but Mayor Brooks did say he had met with the Chief prior and discussed some issues. Chief of Police Todd Fritz gave his report and reported 53 calls for the month of November. Public Works Director Larry Schommer gave the Public Works Department's monthly report. City Engineer Karla Greaser updated the councilon engineering projects. City Attorney Mark Hughes reported that he had sent out nuisance letters and has not yet heard back from any of the individuals except one. Attorney Hughes then updated the mayor and council on the status of the fire truck water tank matter. Mayor Brooks adjourned the December 4, 2012 Regular City Council Meeting at 9:01. (SEAL} Mayor Paul Brooks AI-rEST: Asst. Deputy Clerk Chandra G. Pallor Publish: December 13, 2012