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Wyoming currently screens for 38 conditions. Each state runs its program differently, for more detailed information please visit their website at http://health.wyo.gov/familyhealth/newborn/index.html.

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What Conditions are Screened For in Wyoming?

About Newborn Screening in Wyoming

Program Overview:

Newborn screening is a blood test to see if your baby has a metabolic or genetic condition soon after birth. These conditions are very treatable if they are detected early but if they are not, the health consequences for your newborn range from intellectual disability to death. This life-saving test is done between 24 and 72 hours of birth. Prior to the test, it is necessary for the parent or responsible party to submit a written consent form. The doctor or nurse will then take a few drops of blood from your baby’s heel. It will be sent to the lab to test for many rare diseases. Results are available from your baby’s primary care provider. After you leave the hospital, it becomes a parent’s responsibility to have a 2nd screen done when your baby is 7-10 days old. This second screen is done because some conditions may take longer to show up on the screen. Your doctor’s office will contact you if the screening results are abnormal. Therefore, it is very important that your doctor has a current phone number or address where they can reach you if you need to return. Remember, following your doctor’s instructions promptly will greatly increase your newborn’s chances at living a happy, healthy life!

How is Newborn Screening Paid for in Wyoming?

The current fee for newborn screening in Wyoming is $77.00.

Policies and Resources

Opt-Out:

Although it is not recommended, a parent may refuse the newborn screening test. Risks of not screening your baby can be serious. When test results show that a baby has a metabolic disorder, early diagnosis and treatment can make the difference between lifelong disabilities and healthy development. To opt your baby out of screening, you must sign a waiver form.

Support for families:

One of the concerns many families who find out their child has a metabolic condition have is the increase in health care cost. Fortunately, Wyoming has various programs that may be able to help your family afford the best care possible for your loved one.

Children’s Special Health (CSH) is a program for Wyoming children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who require something beyond routine and basic care. To be considered for the eligibility, an individual must first be a Wyoming resident and US citizen or qualified alient, be under 19 years of age and be suspected or known to have a medical condition covered by CSH. They must also meet financial eligibility.

Financial eligibility is determined by comparing your family's gross income and family size to a table based on 200% of the current Federal Poverty Level. Families with health insurance, Kid Care CHIP, or EqualityCare (Medicaid) may also be eligible for CSH and financial eligibility is reviewed annually. CSH requires families to apply for Kid Care CHIP at the time of their application if it appears they may qualify for this coverage. The Kid Care CHIP’s application must be filled out. CSH eligibility will be determined after application to Kid Care CHIP.

Once your child is approved for the program, CSH pays only for specialty medical care related to the approved condition/diagnosis. There is up to $40,000 maximum annual coverage. The services available include services provided by Wyoming's CSH program, including coordination of care (helping families access services in their community), financial assistance for qualifying medical conditions (see eligibility for more information), genetics and specialty care clinics, funds for translation services required by CSH clients, limited funding for transportation, diagnostic evaluation to determine diagnosis as well as some equipment and medications. The added benefit of CSH enrollment to a family is care coordination both at the state and local level; assistance in obtaining and reminding of appointments; investigation of billing problems; connections to community resources, etc.

For further information, view the CHIP handbook.

Occasionally, the Maternal and Family Health Program in Wyoming receives applications from families who may be eligible and meet qualifications for other programs (EqualityCare or Kid Care CHIP). These programs provide much broader financial coverage than Children’s Special Health (CSH).

Storage and Use of Dried Blood Spots:

After your newborn’s blood has been screened for all conditions, there will remain a little bit of blood on the specimen card called a “residual dried blood spot”. Wyoming newborns’ residual dried blood spots are processed by the lab services at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. The dried blood spots are kept for six months and then destroyed. They will not be released for research or otherwise be made available to anyone outside the CDPHE without first obtaining written consent from the parent or guardian.

To see a copy of the blood spot card used in Wyoming click here.