Health Care

House and Senate GOP Health Bills Endanger Healthy Montana Kids Program

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.

Rural Montana Hit Harder Under Senate Health Care Plan

July 10, 2017
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.

Rural Montana Hit Harder Under House-Passed Health Care Plan

May 30, 2017
The House-passed health care bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will result in tens of thousands of Montanans losing coverage, increased health care costs for many Montana families, and the loss of billions in federal Medicaid funds to provide coverage for Montana children, elderly, and people with disabilities.

Indian Country Suicide Prevention: A Critical Investment for Our Communities

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.

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

January 5, 2017
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. 

Medicaid Expansion in Indian Country: Effective Strategies for Outreach and Enrollment

September 16, 2016
The goal of SB 405, known as the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act of 2015, was to extend health care coverage to more than 70,000 uninsured Montanans, nearly a third of which were American Indian. As a result of the expansion, American Indians making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level can now access a comprehensive range of health care services at locations across the state without any form of cost-sharing.

New Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Numbers

July 14, 2016
Montana is six months into expanded access to health insurance through Medicaid Expansion. Individual Montanans and our communities are already seeing significant benefits to expanded coverage. Here is Montana’s Medicaid Expansion, by the numbers.    

Medicaid Expansion: Effective Strategies to Expanding Access to Coverage

March 23, 2016
On November 3, 2015, the state of Montana began enrolling individuals in newly expanded Medicaid, called the HELP (Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership) Plan. In conjunction with the open enrollment period for health insurance on the Marketplace, Montana successfully enrolled thousands into Montana’s Medicaid expansion plan.

Montana Moves Forward With Medicaid Expansion

July 17, 2015
On July 7, 2015 the State of Montana released its draft plan to expand health care coverage under the provisions of the Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act. Because Montana passed a law that includes provisions outside of traditional Medicaid, the state must submit a plan (called a Section 1115 Waiver) to the federal Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).

What is Next for 70,000 Montanans? Next Steps on Medicaid Expansion

May 5, 2015
Last month, Governor Bullock signed into law the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood (HELP) Act, which moves tens of thousands of Montanans a huge step closer to gaining access to affordable health care coverage. However, the state must meet certain benchmarks before newly eligible Montanans will be able to enroll in health care coverage.