Wyoming Doctors Group Seeks Special Session

March 31, 2004

More doctors will leave Wyoming or retire early if the state does not act to help control medical insurance rates, preferably in a special session of the Legislature, members of a new physician lobbying group said.

“The alternative is there may not be acceptable health care in Wyoming for all the citizens,” Dr. Joseph Vigneri said Monday after a meeting of about 70 physicians at the Wyoming Medical Center.

But neither Vigneri nor others in the new political action committee PUSH (Physicians United to Save Healthcare in Wyoming) could detail what the Legislature would need to address if it met in a special session.

“We don’t have specific instructions for the Legislature or the governor at this particular time, except to give us the ability to stay here,” Vigneri said.

The recently completed Legislature turned down several health
care proposals, including a proposed constitutional amendment to
allow the state to impose caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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