Sarah Howell en Tax Day <p>There’s a story in my family that goes back a few decades.&nbsp; It’s the kind of story people like to pull out and dust off over the holidays, when everyone is enjoying some cheer and good company.&nbsp; The story goes something like this:</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:47:46 +0000 Sarah Howell 17516 at Healthy Montana Initiative <p>All over Montana this week, people were peering outside and breathing a sigh of relief.&nbsp; The sun is out, the temperature is above freezing, the snow is melting.&nbsp; Early signs of spring are appearing.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many of us are beginning to think ahead to spring and summer – the hiking and camping, rafting and floating, road trips and barbeques.&nbsp; But for some Montanans, while the weather is improving, they are still living day-to-day without access to healthcare.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:46:47 +0000 Sarah Howell 16360 at Election Protection <p>I love election day.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:34:04 +0000 Sarah Howell 13807 at Post-Shutdown: Where Do We Go From Here? <p>Last Thursday, sixteen days into a federal government shutdown, Congress passed a temporary budget that re-opened the government and raised the debt ceiling until January of 2014.&nbsp; This agreement sent federal employees back to work and diverted a potential default on national debt, and that is inarguably a good thing.&nbsp; However, for those of us that watched in dismay as partisan politics left our country uncertain, our economy weakened, and our government in disarray, there are larger lessons to be learned from the last few weeks.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:32:40 +0000 Sarah Howell 10192 at Medicaid Expansion in Montana <p>Earlier this year, Montana had the opportunity to expand our Medicaid program to provide affordable, quality health care to 70,000 low-income Montanans.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:36:42 +0000 Sarah Howell 9080 at