Investing now in kids and families will strengthen Montana’s children and families, our communities, and the state’s economy. Quality, public pre-K helps parents work, reduces education costs, increases future earnings of participants, and reduces the state’s spending on corrections.
Montana is currently one of only eight states not investing in its youngest learners.
Montana is missing out on millions of dollars every day, in addition to thousands of jobs, by not expanding the state’s Medicaid program so more Montanans can gain health coverage.
On January 1, 2014, the federal government made funds available to states that choose to expand their Medicaid programs. Because Montana’s legislature has so far refused to accept the federal funds and extend Medicaid coverage to as many as 70,000 low-income individuals, Montana has been losing as much as $1.96 million of federal funds every day.
Each year, Montana’s health care providers – including doctors, nurse practitioners, and hospitals – treat thousands of low-income people who can’t pay for their care because they can’t afford health insurance. This uncompensated care costs providers, as well as the state and local communities, millions of dollars. Montana can help address this problem of uncompensated care by accepting available federal dollars to expand Medicaid to people earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line ($16,000 for an individual, and $27,000 for a family of three).
Medicaid expansion would provide up to 70,000 Montanans with affordable health care coverage. Watch this new video from MBPC to listen to Michele’s story and hear how expanding Medicaid would benefit her.