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Montana's Uninsured Rate Steady, Medicaid Expansion Beneficial, New Studies Say

A report being released today says Montana’s uninsured rate is staying steady at about half of what it was before Medicaid expansion started in 2016. It says just under eight percent of Montanans now lack health insurance. And, one of the studies outlines what it says are clear benefits to the state as voters and state lawmakers are considering whether to end Medicaid expansion.

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Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo perform at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

Highlights From The 2017 Montana Folk Festival

We heard music from all over the country and the world during the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Consider this the highlight reel from MTPR's live broadcasts from the festival. In the first hour, you'll hear Cajun and Acadian music from Bruce Daigrepont of Metarie, LA; the North Carolina-based gospel brass shout band, Cedric Mangum and Company; and the Ethiopian jazz of Washington, D.C.'s Feedel Band. In the second half of the program, we'll feature reggae from Seattle-based Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band; Chicago blues from Toronzo Cannon; and the Texas-style triple-fiddles and harmonies of The Quebe Sisters.

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Kids Like You And Me: Missoula's All-Abilities Playground

Recently, "Pea Green Boat" Skipper Annie Garde took a tour of Silver Summit , a "playground for everyone" in Missoula's McCormick Park. It's an all-abilities playround that invites children excited by the brightly-colored equipment and welcoming atmosphere to discover nooks, crannies and equipment that can accommodate their bodies, their mobility devices, and their ways of playing. Listen as Heath, Jenny, Logan, Adam, Lisa and Mataya show Annie their favorite spots at Silver Summit.

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Montana Notifying Medicaid Providers Of Temporary Rate Hike

18 minutes ago
Hospital monitor.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's administration is complying with a judge's order to temporarily reinstate previous Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities but will staunchly defend the rate cut made by the state health department, the governor's budget director said Monday.

Montana Public Radio and our partners at MontanaPBS and Yellowstone Public Radio brought home awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association this weekend.

The percentages of Americans and Montanans without health insurance 2009-2016
Montana Healthcare Foundation

A report being released today says Montana’s uninsured rate is staying steady at about half of what it was before Medicaid expansion started in 2016. It says just under eight percent of Montanans now lack health insurance.

And, one of the studies outlines what it says are clear benefits to the state as voters and state lawmakers are considering whether to end Medicaid expansion.

A sign at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. The 2018 Montana Folk Festival takes place July 13-15 in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

Montana Public Radio will broadcast live from the 2018 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT, July 13-15. Festival Director George Everett stopped by to give a preview of the upcoming music festival.

Despite the name "Folk Festival," the music isn't "a songwriter with a guitar," Everett says. "What that means is music of the people. Traditional music that goes back generations. Bluegrass, blues, cajun, zydeco; the genres stay the same, but we try to have the performers be different to represent those genres every year."

Highlights From The 2017 Montana Folk Festival

14 hours ago
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo perform at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

We heard music from all over the country and the world during the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Consider this the highlight reel from MTPR's live broadcasts from the festival.

In the first hour, you'll hear Cajun and Acadian music from Bruce Daigrepont of Metarie, LA; the North Carolina-based gospel brass shout band, Cedric Mangum and Company; and the Ethiopian jazz of Washington, D.C.'s Feedel Band. In the second half of the program, we'll feature reggae from Seattle-based Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band; Chicago blues from Toronzo Cannon; and the Texas-style triple-fiddles and harmonies of The Quebe Sisters.

How Black-Backed Woodpeckers Thrive After Wildfires

15 hours ago
Female black-backed woodpecker.
Mike Laycock, USFWS (PD)

Most of you have probably seen or heard woodpeckers. Whether attracting them to your backyard with suet feeders, or hearing them drill on the side of your house, you have probably noticed their large pointed beak and ability to climb tree trunks.

But besides downy and hairy woodpeckers, which are seen often in Montana, we also have some types of woodpeckers that live in some of the most unique habitats and do some of the most peculiar things of any animal in the Rocky Mountains.

Moderator Ron Davis poses questions to Senator Jon Tester at a forum hosted by the Montana Broadcasters Association in Whitefish June 17.
Nicky Ouellet

The Montana Broadcasters Association made a last minute pivot Sunday morning from a debate format to more of a moderated town hall when it became clear only Senator Jon Tester would be participating.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials are undecided on what to do two days after a judge ordered them to reinstate last year's Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Department of Public Health and Human Services spokesman Chuck Council said Friday that health department leaders are still analyzing District Judge Jim Reynolds' order in the lawsuit by the Montana Health Care Association and companies that own nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in the state.

Missoulians play soccer on a field in the Upper Rattlesnake on Wednesday, June 12, 2018.
Maxine Speier

The FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday, and in Missoula, people are preparing for another multinational soccer tournament this weekend.

Soft Landing Missoula is hosting its second annual soccer tournament Saturday at Fort Missoula in honor of World Refugee Day.

Missoula's Community Medical Center.
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When Missoula’s not-for-profit Community Hospital was sold to a for-profit company three years ago, by law the proceeds from that sale had to be invested in a community foundation.

That $100 million investment is now starting to spin out grants aimed at improving health care for western Montana’s children and families. Edward O’Brien has more on the new Headwaters Foundation’s funding priorities.

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