Legislative Action Alert:
has been introduced and referred to the Senate Labor, Health & Social Services Committee!
As you know, HB0162 Medical treatment opportunity act, which would extend Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of uninsured people in Wyoming, passed the House last week! Click here to read "Wyoming House Passes Medicaid Expansion Bill on 32-28 Vote"

This progress is truly historic! But, we still have more work to do if MedEx in Wyoming is going to pass this session.

HB0162 has now been introduced by the Senate and assigned to the Senate Labor, Health & Social Services Committee (often shortened to Labor/Health). It is tentatively set to be heard by the committee at 7 am Wednesday morning.
 
The good news is that the Senate Labor/Health Committee has already passed one Medicaid expansion bill during the 2021 session (SF0154, which Senate leadership did not hear on the floor).
 
The not-so-good news is that Medicaid expansion opponents have organized since then, and they’re putting huge amounts of pressure on the Senate Labor/Health Committee to kill HB0162. So, we need to keep making our voices heard loudly and often in support of HB0162, expanding Medicaid, and increasing access to affordable healthcare in Wyoming for all!

We need to let these lawmakers know with an overwhelming voice that the people of Wyoming want affordable healthcare access for everyone including low wage workers and single moms.

Click here to learn more about how Medicaid expansion would help us solve our budget deficit, support our small businesses, allow our low-wage workers to access health coverage and move us toward giving everyone an equal chance to be healthy.
 
Will you please take the time to use this quick and easy form to write to the Senate Labor/Health Committee and ask them to vote “YES” on HB0162 BY WEDNESDAY MORNING?
Not sure who represents you? Click here to find your legislators by location

If you’ve written the committee before, no worries. Write them again! Your Senators need to hear from YOU.
 
If you want to do more, please reach out to three of your friends and ask that they use the information in this email to make their voices heard, too. Thank you!

Scroll down for additional information on HB0162 and other bills up for consideration.
Another Legislative Action Alert:
HB0165 has been laid back and needs your help!
HB0165 Wyoming's tomorrow scholarship program has been laid back by the Senate Education Committee. Click here the watch the meeting. If the bill is not passed out of committee by Wednesday, March 31 it will die a procedural death. In order to hear this bill, the Education Committee needs to hear pressure from passionate constituents ASAP!

Please let the Senate Education Committee know that this investment would benefit women & girls across Wyoming! Increased access to postsecondary education leads to wages well above the Self-Sufficiency level, increased stability, and salary increase potential.

You can also email a thank you note to Sponsoring Reps Harshman, Connolly and Sommers and Senators Rothfuss, Schuler and Wasserburger.

Scroll down for additional information on HB0165 and other bills up for consideration.
Legislative Watch March 29, 2021
Thank you for your making your voice heard on issues impacting the economic self-sufficiency of women and girl in Wyoming! Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

Today and tomorrow, legislative committees will host joint meetings to discuss interim committee topics.
Wednesday, March 31 is the last day for bills to be reported out of their assigned committee in the second house. (If a bill originated in the House of Representatives, it now needs to pass the assigned Senate committee or it will die a procedural death!)
Thursday, April 1 is the last day for the bills to be heard on the floor of the Committee of the Whole in the second house.
Friday, April 2 is the last day for bills to pass the second floor session reading in the second house.
Monday, April 5 - 66th Wyoming Legislature on Easter Recess
Tuesday, April 6 is the last day for bills to pass the third (and final) reading in the second house.


Please scroll to the bottom of this email for additional legislative engagement resources.
House Bills
SPONSORED BY Representative(s) Yin, Clifford, Duncan and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Case
AN ACT relating to elections; amending the use of pronouns on the ballot; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS This bill changes the language on election ballots from "his name" to "the person's name" increasing representation of women in elected roles.
LATEST ACTION 3/18/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S07 - Corporations Committee (Passed House!)
WHAT CAN YOU DO? REACH OUT TO YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW!
Reach out to the Corporations Committee and encourage them to hear this bill ASAP!
If the bill is not passed out of committee by Wednesday, it will die a procedural death!
Click here to review the new report "Wyoming Women in Elected Roles" which looks at structural barriers faced by women and describes policy changes and best practices.
SPONSORED BY Representative(s) Harshman, Connolly, MacGuire, Walters, Washut and Zwonitzer and Senator(s) Furphy, Landen and Wasserburger
AN ACT relating to medical education; creating an inviolate health care education endowment fund; providing for investment of monies in the fund; providing for distribution of monies; providing for the use of earnings for the support of certain medical education programs at the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges; authorizing the use of earnings for student support payments and administrative costs.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Women form 70% of workers in the health and social sector nationwide.1 In Wyoming, many healthcare workers earn self-sufficient wages, making medical education programs an effective path to self-sufficiency for women. This bill would provide support for those programs, which would primarily benefit women.
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S04 - Education Committee (Passed House!)
WHAT CAN YOU DO? REACH OUT TO YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW!
Reach out to the Education Committee and encourage them to hear this bill ASAP!
If the bill is not passed out of committee by Wednesday, it will die a procedural death!
SPONSORED BY Representative(s) Romero-Martinez, Clifford, Connolly, Harshman, Provenza and Zwonitzer
AN ACT relating to Medicaid; requiring collaboration concerning the expansion of Medicaid eligibility; authorizing the expansion of Medicaid eligibility as specified; requiring reports and notice as specified; repealing prior authorizations; providing a sunset provision; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Women with children are the most likely population to be living below the Self-Sufficiency Standard and are over-represented in low-wage jobs that do not provide health insurance.2 Data shows that women between the ages of 18 and 29 who work full-time would be nearly three times as likely as their male counterparts to enroll in an expanded Medicaid program. If passed, the population that would become eligible for access to healthcare was estimated to include about 36% younger working women.3
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S10 - Labor/Health Committee (Passed House!)
WHAT CAN YOU DO? REACH OUT TO YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW!
Reach out to the Labor/Health Committee and encourage them to hear this bill ASAP!
If the bill is not passed out of committee by Wednesday, it will die a procedural death!
Click here to read "Medicaid expansion has never gotten this close to becoming law in Wyoming. Here's what it could mean if it does."
Click here to read "Medicaid expansion is right for Wyoming, women"
Click here to learn more about how Medicaid expansion would help us solve our budget deficit, support our small businesses, allow our low-wage workers to access health coverage and move us toward giving everyone an equal chance to be healthy.
Join the movement to increase access to affordable healthcare in Wyoming!
SPONSORED BY Representative(s) Harshman, Connolly and Sommers and Senator(s) Rothfuss, Schuler and Wasserburger
AN ACT relating to higher education; creating the Wyoming's tomorrow scholarship program; providing eligibility requirements; providing for administration, including rulemaking authority; creating accounts and a permanent fund; requiring reports; providing for a continuous appropriation; amending a provision governing the Hathaway scholarship reserve account; amending a provision regarding permanent funds of the state; providing for a transfer of funds; providing when scholarships may first be awarded; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Women with children are the most likely population to be living below the Self-Sufficiency Standard and are over-represented in low-wage jobs that do not provide health insurance. This bill increases access to postsecondary education, not only leading to wages well above the Self-Sufficiency level, but jobs that also provide benefits, increased stability, and have promotion and salary increase potential.2
LATEST ACTION 3/22/2021 Senate Introduced & Referred to S04 - Education Committee (Passed House!) This bill has been laid back. Meaning, without pressure from passionate constituents it might not be heard, dying a procedural death.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? REACH OUT TO YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW!
Reach out to the Education Committee and encourage them to hear this bill ASAP! Let them know that this investment would benefit women & girls across Wyoming!
Email a thank you note to Sponsoring Reps Harshman, Connolly and Sommers and Senators Rothfuss, Schuler and Wasserburger
If the bill is not passed out of committee by Wednesday, it will die a procedural death!
SPONSORED BY Representative(s) Bear, Andrew, Barlow, Brown, Burt, Connolly, Duncan, Fortner, Hallinan, Haroldson, Jennings, Knapp, Laursen, Neiman and Ottman and Senator(s) Biteman, French and McKeown
AN ACT relating to human trafficking; prohibiting a minor who engages in any commercial sex act from being criminally charged; specifying that a minor who engages in any commercial sex act is a victim of human trafficking and is an abused child; amending a definition; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS
This bill provides the opportunity for victims of sex trafficking, who are overwhelmingly women and girls, to rebuild their lives and attain economic self-sufficiency in the future.
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S01 - Judiciary Committee (Passed House!)
WHAT CAN YOU DO? REACH OUT TO YOUR SENATORS RIGHT NOW!
Reach out to the Judiciary Committee and encourage them to hear this bill ASAP!
If the bill is not passed out of committee by Wednesday, it will die a procedural death!
Senate Files
AN ACT relating to insurance; mandating equivalent benefits and reimbursement related to mental health and substance use services delivered remotely; specifying applicability; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS Data shows that COVID-19 has negatively affected the mental health of women in Wyoming.4 This bill would require insurance companies to cover telehealth (at home) services equally to in-person visits, helping to ensure access to affordable mental health care during the pandemic. Beyond the pandemic, this bill would help keep mental health services more accessible to women without the childcare or transportation necessary to receive in-person mental health care.
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 House 2nd Reading: Passed
NEXT FLOOR SESSION TODAY 03/29/2021 10:00 AM House Third Reading Consent List
WHAT CAN YOU DO? MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
AN ACT relating to administration of the government; providing funding for the Wyoming investment in nursing program from CARES Act funds; providing appropriations; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN 90% of registered nurses in the U.S. are women.1 In Wyoming, registered nurses earn self-sufficient wages, making nursing programs an effective path to self-sufficiency for women. This bill would provide support for those programs, which would primarily benefit women.
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 House 2nd Reading: Passed
NEXT FLOOR SESSION TODAY 03/29/2021 10:00 AM House Third Reading Consent List
WHAT CAN YOU DO? MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
  1. Bonio, M et al. (2019, March). Gender equity in the health workforce: Analysis of 104 countries. Retrieved from https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/311314/WHO-HIS-HWF-Gender-WP1-2019.1-eng.pdf
  2. Pearce, D. M., PhD. (2020, May). The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Wyoming 2020. Retrieved from https://wywf.org/economic-self-sufficiency-standard/
  3. Simon, J.(2020, February 5). Medicaid expansion is right for Wyoming, women. Retrieved from https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/opinion/columnists/equity_state/medicaid-expansion-is-right-for-wyoming-women/article_c25c3037-5646-509b-ad31-9d473805a8c6.html
  4. Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (2020). The Impacts of COVID-19 on Wyoming Women. Retrieved from https://wywf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Women-Covid-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Additional Bills to Watch
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 House Appointed JCC01 Members Zwonitzer, Crago, Wilson
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
Click here to watch the last committee meeting (Forward to about 43 minutes in if it's not already at that marker.) Click here to thank sponsor Rep. Greear.
LATEST ACTION 3/17/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S07 - Corporations Committee (Passed House)
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill ASAP!
Click here to read "Wyoming's Legislature Considering Voter ID Law"
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 Assigned Number HEA No. 0032 (Passed both the House & Senate!)
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
Click here to watch the last committee meeting. (Forward to about 24 minutes in if it's not already at that marker.) Click here to thank sponsor Rep. Duncan.
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 Senate Introduced and Referred to S10 - Labor/Health Committee
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
LATEST ACTION 3/24/2021 House Placed on General File
NEXT FLOOR SESSION TODAY 03/29/2021 at 10:00 AM House General File
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
Click here to read "Born Alive abortion bill moves forward in the Wyoming Legislature"
LATEST ACTION 3/24/2021 House Placed on General File
NEXT FLOOR SESSION TODAY 03/29/2021 at 10:00 AM House General File
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 House Committee of the Whole: Passed
NEXT FLOOR SESSION TODAY 03/29/2021 at 10:00 AM House Second Reading
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!

LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 House Committee of the Whole: Passed
NEXT FLOOR SESSION TODAY 03/29/2021 at 10:00 AM House Second Reading
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill.
Click here to read "Legislature takes aim at foundation of Wyo’s abortion law"
LATEST ACTION 3/23/2021 House Placed on General File
NEXT FLOOR SESSION TODAY 03/29/2021 10:00 AM House General File
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
Click here to watch the last committee meeting. (Forward to about 44 minutes in if it's not already at that marker. Vote at 54.)
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 House Introduced and Referred to Education Committee
NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING TODAY 03/29/2021 Upon noon recess Education Committee
Click here to watch today's Education Committee meeting upon noon recess.
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill!
LATEST ACTION 3/19/2021 H Received for Introduction (Passed Senate)
Reach out to your legislators to make your voice heard on this bill ASAP!
Click here to read "Wyoming Senate passes bill expanding restrictions for abortions"
Click here to read "Bill to prohibit drug-induced abortions advances in Wyoming Legislature"
Failed Bills Since Last Update
AN ACT relating to public health; creating the pandemic response review task force; specifying duties of the task force; requiring a report; providing a termination date for the task force; providing appropriations; and providing for an effective date.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR WOMEN & GIRLS
The early economic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on women have been substantial, according to a survey conducted by The Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC).7 Women make important contributions to Wyoming’s economy. More data (disaggregated by sex) and analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 are needed to ensure an economic recovery that includes all Wyoming citizens and to increase Wyoming’s preparedness for future public health crises.
LATEST ACTION 3/26/2021 House 3rd Reading: Failed 25-35-0-0-0
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
Reach out to your legislators to let them know how COVID-19 has impacted you.
Click here to read "The Impacts of COVID-19 on Wyoming Women"
Click here to share your story about the impact of COVID-19 with WYWF.
How can the public participate in the
2021 General Session? 
Remember, your voice matters! You have the power to influence positive change for women and girls in Wyoming right now. You can shape legislation that benefits those in your community by reaching out to your legislators about the issues you care about.
Members of the public are encouraged to view legislative proceedings on the Legislature’s YouTube channel. The public may also contact members directly using legislator contact information available on the Legislature’s website here.

During the legislative session, you can also recommend support for or opposition to a particular piece of legislation by using the Online Hotline.

Additional civic engagement resources are available at wywf.org/legislative-watch.
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Wyoming Women in the News
Medicaid expansion has never gotten this close to becoming law in Wyoming. Here's what it could mean if it does. Myra Garcia had health insurance until she got cancer. About three years ago, Garcia took medical leave from her job as a manager at the Laramie Dollar Tree for hand surgery from a previous injury.

Wyoming House Passes Medicaid Expansion Bill on 32-28 Vote The Wyoming House of Representatives passed a bill on a 32-28 vote Wednesday to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults. The bill would still have to pass the Senate and be signed by Gov. Mark Gordon before becoming law. 

Simon: Protecting lives of pregnant women and their babies -- is it a priority? The Wyoming Department of Health estimates the majority of enrollees in the Medicaid health insurance program will be working women under 35 — so the prospect of expanding Medicaid coverage is welcome news for women in the Equality State.

Editorial board: It's time to expand Medicaid in Wyoming For a decade, Wyoming’s leaders have been debating whether to expand Medicaid to roughly 24,000 uninsured residents of our state. Multiple attempts have been made, all without success. Given that lengthy discussion, a skeptic might wonder why this year might be any different. But there’s reason for optimism.

Women Under-Represented In Wyoming Politics, Structural Changes Could Diminish Disparity new report details the under-representation of women in Wyoming politics - both in Cheyenne and on local councils and commissions. But, the report argues, women are successful candidates when they do run, and both structural changes and individual action could encourage more women to run in the future.

‘We Need More.’ Wyoming Women Far from Equal Political Representation in the Equality State A new report found that structural barriers, including financial challenges, underlie women’s underrepresentation in elected roles across Wyoming.
About the Wyoming Women's Foundation
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over $11 million to nonprofits across the state in 2019, and over $85 million since its inception in 1989. The Women’s Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to organizations that help Wyoming women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Learn more at wywf.org.
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