Strengthening Families, Strengthening Our Economy: The Economic Benefits of Pre-Kindergarten

Adult Helping Young Children at Montessori/Pre-School
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 Loses Millions Each Day By Not Expanding Medicaid

Montana's Fading Opportunity
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.

Uncompensated Care: A Drag on Montana’s Economy

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).

Michele’s Story: A Woman Caught in the Coverage Gap

Michelle
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.

Latest reports

January 23, 2015
Tribal colleges across the state play a critical role in providing many Montanans, Indian and non-Indian, a pathway to higher education and the ability to prepare for the workforce.
January 22, 2015
Montana can best support and treat individuals with serious medical health disorders by expanding Medicaid. Expanding affordable health care coverage will provide up to 70,000 Montanans with the coverage they need.
January 21, 2015
Montana should reject any attempts to call a constitutional convention for two reasons. The first is that Montana Legislators cannot control what will happen if a constitutional convention is called and could result in sweeping and unforeseen changes to the Constitution, the country, and our state.  
 

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