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The state has put new resources toward helping residents apply, and those looking for coverage will have a new option this year. Gov. Mark Gordon in October allocated $600,000 of federal coronavirus relief money toward promoting the open enrollment period. “Wyoming is facing increased numbers of uninsured residents as a result of more.. the pandemic,” Gordon said in a release announcing the funding. “This assistance is an important resource for those seeking health insurance during these challenging times.” The open enrollment period this year is already underway. It began Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15., and experts say it could be a critical year for health insurance access nationwide as millions have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic. Heather Webb is a health care “navigator” for Enroll Wyoming, the state’s federally funded program meant to aid residents in signing up for health insurance.


DSM aims to produce green PA6, targets fully bio-based portfolio by 2030 LONDON (ICIS)--DSM has signed an agreement with Neste under which the Finish refiner will supply sustainable feedstocks for production of polyamide 6 (PA6), a push for green polymers it will aim to complete by 2030, the Dutch specialty chemicals major said on Friday. A spokesperson at DSM confirmed to ICIS the company aims to produce polyamide 6 and polyamide 6,6 (PA66), also called nylon 6 and nylon 6,6, in the first phase of the project. DSM said it was aiming to start in due course the process of replacing fossil fuels-based feedstock – still dominating the engineering plastics industry –  with more sustainable feedstocks coming from recycled waste plastics as well as “100% bio-based” hydrocarbons. “Over time and toward 2030, DSM will have a complete range of bio-based and recycled-based alternatives for all grades of our portfolio,” the spokesperson added. Neste has taken significant steps to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. In the wake of the pandemic’s hit to the crude oil markets, Neste said in September if would overhaul its Porvoo refinery operations to co-processing renewable and circular raw materials. Neste produces its bio-based hydrocarbons from renewable raw materials, such as waste and residue oils and fats; for production of waste plastic-derived feedstock, the Finnish firm picks plastics that cannot be mechanically recycled that used to be sent to landfill or for incineration. “The new strategic cooperation underlines a strong commitment from both partners to contribute to a circular economy by collaborating throughout the value chain, and addressing the increasing consumer, societal and regulatory demand for more sustainable circular solutions,” concluded DSM.