The Johnson County Healthcare Center Board of Trustees, at their meeting last week, discussed the local school district's new health plan, which is based on a tiered healthcare provider program.
JCHC Administrator Sandy Ward explains how the tired system works.
Ward said hospitals in Wyoming were supposed to be given an opportunity to become Tier-One providers in the program but weren't, and he isn't sure what it would take to become a Tier-One provider in their insurance program.
The reason for the school district's change is the tiered system maintains cost schedules and keeps existing discounts, but if costs are higher elsewhere, there may not be any real cost savings overall by going out of state as opposed to staying in Wyoming for treatment.
The issue has become political, and the Wyoming Hospital Association has become involved, he said, but in the end he isn't sure if there is anything that can be done.
Ward told the board that discussions between himself and Johnson County School District Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler were expected to happen soon regarding the matter.