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Wyoming Business Coalition on Health - Funding


The Wyoming Business Coalition on Health (WyBCH) is a member driven 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to educating and engaging the business community across the state on issues relating to healthcare financing, cost structure and quality. The main objective is to raise the visibility, viability and sophistication of conversations between employers -- who are the ultimate payers -- and those who deliver and influence the delivery of care.

With just over a half-million people Wyoming spends over $4 billion on healthcare each year. Costs in Wyoming grew 129% between 2000 and 2009 – the fastest in the country. Those employers philosophically committed to providing healthcare benefits continue to do so while feeling more than a bit victimized by an industry that says, "Take it or leave it."

We believe business leaders, who do not get elected, but who need a healthy, highly productive workforce to produce a solid bottom line, are in a position to affect system change.

Using both negotiation and collaboration with the delivery system, Wyoming businesses can start to pay for appropriate outcomes rather than ineffective services. We can find ways reward those who provide high quality bundled services designed to treat entire episodes of illness in a coordinated fashion rather than pay for disjointed, individual units of service. We can stop paying for medical errors and reward those who work to improve care. We can stop accepting "Usual and Customary" as a basis for payment and demand transparent pricing based on verifiable cost accounting. We can improve compensation to primary care providers for helping us avoid costly specialty care. We can work with the public health system to emphasize wellness and prevention. We can help all Wyoming citizens be better consumers of healthcare services. We can improve population health and we can stem the growing numbers of uninsured and under-insured.

Doing all this will require significant financial resources. We are currently supported in part by member companies, but also through generous support of:

  • The Tate Foundation
  • The McMurry Foundation
  • The John P. Ellbogen Foundation
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Lollie Plank
  • The Wyoming Community Foundation
  • Wold Foundation
  • Diamond Resources
  • Dr. Gail Zimmerman
  • Goolsby, Finley & Associates
  • Rock Springs National Bank
  • First Interstate Bank
  • BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Admiral Beverage Corporation
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • Arch Western Resources

To add your name or your company to our list of supporters, please donate here.
To become a member of our organization, please join here
Questions about the organization or how you can become involved and support us? Please contact us.