Wyoming Medical Center sees decrease in charity care costs

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Medical Center in Casper has seen a decrease in the cost of charity care it has provided in recent years.

Hospital Chief Financial Officer Yvonne Wigington attributed the decline to more people obtaining insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act insurance exchange.

KTWO-AM reports that the Wyoming Medical Center's charity care has declined from $34.5 million in 2011 to $22.2 million in 2017.

About 76 percent of the charity care was provided to Natrona County residents and the rest to people who live outside the county.

Wigington says the hospital has financial counselors who are able to help patients obtain insurance through the insurance exchange.

Information from: KTWO-AM, http://www.k2radio.com/

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