Rural Montana Hit Harder Under Senate Health Care Plan

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Recently, MBPC released a report showing that the House-passed Affordable Health Care Act will hit rural Montana harder than our urban centers. The Senate took the deeply flawed House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) and made relatively minor adjustments to the bill’s framework. It does little to help those living in Montana’s rural communities who are at a greater risk of increased costs and loss of coverage.

News Release: 120 Montana organizations and leaders oppose proposed cuts to Medicaid and loss of coverage for thousands of Montanans

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An unprecedented cross section of 120 organizations and leaders, including patient advocates, mental health providers, nurses, hospitals, tribal health centers, disability advocates, faith leaders, and other health care service providers, publicly raised concerns about ongoing deliberations on health care and potential cuts to Montana’s Medicaid program. The signers of the message used ads printed in the Bozeman Chronicle and Great Falls Tribune to call on Senator Daines to reject any bill that would cut Medicaid, eliminate Montana’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion, or result in the loss of coverage for millions of Americans.

House and Senate GOP Health Bills Endanger Healthy Montana Kids Program

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Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) provides vital health care coverage to more than one in three children in Montana. HMK, which includes both children’s Medicaid and the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), not only improves the health of children, it also has lifelong impacts on recipients’ physical and financial well-being. The Senate GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), would cut Medicaid by nearly $800 billion over ten years.

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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Few people understand the nuances of how taxes work in Indian Country. As a result, taxation authority in Indian Country has been one of the most litigated issues between tribes, states, and local governments.
July 18, 2017
Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) provides vital health care coverage to more than one in three children in Montana. HMK, which includes both children’s Medicaid and the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), not only improves the health of children, it also has lifelong impacts on recipients’ physical and financial well-being.
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Recently, MBPC released a report showing that the House-passed Affordable Health Care Act will hit rural Montana harder than our urban centers.
 

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