The Wyoming Department of Health had announced a new program to support providers and facilities interested in offering volunteer healthcare services to low-income patients through a new legal liability option. The creation of Wyoming’s Volunteer Health Services Program was approved earlier this year by the Wyoming Legislature. The program allows licensed healthcare providers and medical facilities to provide volunteer services for low-income Wyoming residents while being protected from liability for medical negligence under the state’s sovereign immunity. By entering into a contract with the state, volunteer providers are deemed public employees and facilities are deemed state medical facilities for purposes of what’s known as the Wyoming Governmental Claims Act. Any healthcare provider, including physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, psychiatrists and psychologists, who is licensed or certified by Wyoming law is eligible to enter into a contract under the program. Services provided under the program are intended for low-income persons who have an income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, who are not covered under a health insurance or healthcare policy, contract or plan and who are covered under a health insurance or healthcare policy, contract or plan, but were denied coverage by the policy, contract or plan. More information and important forms can be found on the Wyoming Department of Health website.
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