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Nov 15, 2013 - The Associated Press

Hirsig: Costs high, help available

SHERIDAN -- Wyoming's insurance commissioner says health-insurance costs in the state are among the highest in the nation but most residents will qualify for tax credits toward premiums.

Commissioner Tom Hirsig spoke Thursday in Sheridan about the Affordable Care Act.

Hirsig says health coverage costs have generally been high in Wyoming.

He says some people might be vulnerable to fraud because the health care law is widely misunderstood and feared. He says common scams include cold calls asking people to enroll in the health care marketplace.

He says people on Medicaid and Medicare won't have to do anything different to comply with the changes.

Family leaving due to cold allergy

RAWLINS -- Joe and Magen Reed hadn't planned on leaving Rawlins.

They visited Mobile, Ala., this summer, where Magen had family. They fell in love with it, but they decided to wait until their children finished high school until they considered relocating.

"But God had other plans," said Joe Reed, who, as a long-time UPS package car driver, is a fixture of the community.

This summer, Reed was diagnosed with cold-induced urticaria -- meaning that he had developed an allergic reaction to the cold.

And when you're allergic to the cold, you can't really live in Rawlins anymore. "Even right now, it's too cold already," said Reed on Thursday.

Reed stopped working and turned in his uniform, and the residents of Rawlins still haven't gotten used to him in plain clothes.

"People tell him, 'I didn't recognize you with pants on,' because he always wears shorts," Magen Reed said.

On Saturday, Reed will be leaving the place he's lived for his whole life and head south to a warmer place with his family.

Reed joined UPS 12 years ago when he was laid off by the oil rig he worked at. "I went to job services and there was a posting for UPS," he said. "I heard that if there is an UPS opening, you always apply for it."

Cheyenne to ease sign restrictions

CHEYENNE -- After more than an hour of heated debate, the Cheyenne City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with an ordinance that would loosen restrictions on election and ideological signs.

The ordinance, which was on its second of three readings, passed 5-4.

It also withstood close votes on amendments to the ordinance that would have stripped it of some major components.

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