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WDH now accepting only electronically submitted death filings

Aug 25, 2015 The Associated Press

Increased use of an online registration system for death notices will help smooth the process for loved ones following the death of a family member, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Vital Statistic Services, part of WDH, has had an online registration system since 2009.

"This system allows funeral homes, hospitals, doctors, coroners and others to file, check and change death registrations online," said Guy Beaudoin, deputy state registrar with WDH.

VSS began accepting only electronically submitted death filings Aug. 1.

"Currently, 96 percent of funeral homes and about 70 percent of physicians throughout the state use this system to complete death filings electronically," Beaudoin said.

VSS will be working with funeral homes, medical offices and hospital administrators as needed to help them make the transition to electronic filing.

"Reducing the need for mailed paper documents can shorten the time family members must wait to receive the death documentation they often need to file for financial benefits such as insurance," Beaudoin said.

State law requires death notices be filed with the state within three days of a death.

For more information, call VSS at 777-6042.

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