Guest opinion: U.S. House health reform puts Montanans at risk

Billings Gazette – May 7, 2017 The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bill that will increase health care costs for hundreds of thousands of Montanans and put coverage at risk for many across the state. After failing to reach the votes needed to pass legislation earlier this year, politicians in D.C.

The Montana We Could Be: Tax cuts, aimed at the rich, take a toll

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Montana today could be a more prosperous state. Through investments by our state, we could have more modern schools, better roads, updated water and sewer systems, and a greater access to a college education. Our state does not have these things – not because of a natural disaster or a financial crisis brought on by things out of the state’s control.

A State Earned Income Tax Credit: Helping Montana’s Working Families and Economy

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In Montana, thousands of families are working hard for low pay and often struggling to get by. One of the most promising opportunities to support working families and boost our economy is the enactment of a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Great Recession and other economic trends made it harder for Montana’s families to live above the poverty line.

142,000 Montanans Face Uncertainty of Health Coverage With Threat of ACA Repeal

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Through access to health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Montana’s uninsured rate has dropped from 20% in 2012 to 7.4% in 2016, with thousands of Montanans accessing health coverage through the health marketplace. Congress and President-elect Trump, however, have stated their intent to repeal the ACA in early 2017, without simultaneously putting in place any replacement. 

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April 5, 2017
Suicide prevention programs can be a critical component to lowering rates of suicide and improving health outcomes. Given the high rate of suicide in Montana, the legislature should prioritize investments in suicide prevention programs, particularly those focused on American Indians, American Indian youth, and veterans.
March 22, 2017
Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries, creating thousands of jobs and contributing billions of dollars to our state’s economy annually. 
March 14, 2017
House Bill 391 (HB391) would create the Montana Working Families Credit which would incentivize work and provides assistance (usually for 1-2 years) to working low-income families.
 

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