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CHEYENNE — Health care workers and government officials say a growing population of uninsured patients is altering the health care industry.

Representatives from Cheyenne medical clinics and government health providers discussed the challenges at the Laramie County Library on Wednesday.

Cheyenne Health and Wellness Center Executive Director Lynne Weidel said the center will expand next year to offer evening hours. She said uninsured patients made up 64 percent of the center’s caseload in 2007. That has grown to 72 percent this year.

Medicaid EqualityCare program manager Linda O’Grady said more than 65,000 Wyoming residents were eligible for the program in October, and it’s been a rapid increase.

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