Enabling Legislation

9-2-2801. Health care commission created; membership; salary; meetings; advisory committees.
(a) The Wyoming health care commission is established within the governor's office to study issues related to the access, cost and quality of health care for Wyoming citizens.

(b) The commission shall consist of eleven (11) members appointed by the governor. In addition, the director of the department of health or the director's designee and the insurance commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall be ex officio members of the commission.

(c) Appointed commission members shall serve three (3) year terms. For the eleven (11) appointed members of the commission on July 1, 2006, the governor shall select three (3) members who will serve one (1) year terms, four (4) members who will serve two (2) year terms and four (4) members who will serve three (3) year terms. The governor may reappoint members. If a vacancy occurs on the commission, the governor shall appoint a new member to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. The governor may remove members as provided in W.S. 9-1-202. Commission members who are not state employees shall receive a salary equal to the per diem paid members of the Wyoming legislature under W.S. 28-5-101 or each day of actual service and when engaged in necessary travel plus necessary expenses.

(d) The governor shall designate one (1) member to serve as chairman.

(e) The commission shall meet at the call of the chairman. Six (6) members shall constitute a quorum.

(f) As used in this article, "commission" means the Wyoming health care commission created by this section.

(g) The commission may form advisory committees to assist with its duties imposed under this article. Advisory committee members shall serve until completion of duties delegated by the commission. Services rendered by advisory committee members shall be voluntary and shall not be compensated, except for meal, lodging and travel expenses as provided in W.S. 9-3-102 and 9-3-103. Members of advisory committees shall meet at the call of the chairman of the advisory committees.

9-2-2802. Director; appointment; duties; additional staff; qualifications.
(a) The governor, with the consent of the commission, shall appoint a director who shall serve at the pleasure of the commission. The director shall:

(i) Serve as administrative head of the commission;

(ii) Perform duties prescribed by the commission and assist the commission in carrying out the duties imposed under this article; and

(iii) Not be subject to W.S. 9-2-1019, 9-2-1022 and 9-3-101 through 9-3-104 but shall receive compensation and be reimbursed for travel and other necessary expenses as prescribed by the commission and approved by the governor.

(b) Subject to approval by the commission, the director may employ staff members to assist the commission in performing its duties. Staff members shall possess those administrative, technical, professional and clerical qualifications determined necessary by the commission. All staff to the commission shall serve at the pleasure of the director.

(c) The commission may contract for services with recognized health care systems experts as necessary to assist in the technical aspects of data development, review and analysis.

(d) The commission may create subcommittees to work on specific topics. The chairman of the commission, with the approval of the governor, may appoint Wyoming residents not members of the commission to serve on any subcommittee and these subcommittee members may, with the approval of the governor, be paid in the same manner as members of the commission.

9-2-2803. Health care commission duties; report; open meetings; attorney general to represent; rulemaking.

(a) The commission shall develop strategies to improve health care and reduce health care costs for Wyoming citizens by holding public meetings throughout the state, hearing from experts and other interested parties, studying and researching other states' actions on health care reform, studying and utilizing Wyoming data and considering past efforts and future possibilities that can be useful in decision making by addressing issues related to health care access, quality and cost.

(i) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(ii) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(iii) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(iv) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(v) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(vi) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(vii) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(viii) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(ix) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(x) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(xi) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(b)Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(c) Repealed By Laws 2006, Chapter 68, 2.

(d) Every six (6) months the commission shall submit a written progress report to the joint labor, health and social services interim committee. The commission shall submit recommended draft legislation to the joint labor, health and social services interim committee for consideration.

(e) Public hearings of the commission shall be held in accordance with W.S. 16-4-401 et seq. The attorney general shall be the legal adviser of the commission.

(f) The commission may maintain a system of health care information and issue reports and disseminate information by other means related to health care access, quality and costs. The commission may assess a fee for reports and the use of its health care information system. Any revenue generated by the fees shall be deposited in the general fund. Reports to and use of the information database by public agencies and political subdivisions of the state shall be free of charge.

9-2-2804. Termination of article.

W.S. 9-2-2801 through 9-2-2803 are repealed effective June 30, 2009.