Kim Abbott http://mtpr.org en Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot http://mtpr.org/post/healthy-montana-initiative-wont-appear-ballot <p>Organizers of the <em>Healthy Montana Initiative</em> - an effort to expand Medicaid to 70-thousand Montanans - conceded defeat today, but vow to continue to support the issue.</p><p> <em>Healthy Montana Initiative</em> president, Kim Abbott, says I-170 will not qualify for the November ballot.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:36:33 +0000 Edward O'Brien 20744 at http://mtpr.org Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot Legislative Fiscal Division refutes Gov.’s cost estimate for Medicaid Expansion http://mtpr.org/post/legislative-fiscal-division-refutes-gov-s-cost-estimate-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Steve Bullock announced his support Wednesday for a voter initiative to expand Medicaid, called the Healthy Montana Initiative.</span></p><p>Medicaid expansion is an optional piece of the Federal Affordable Care Act, and Republican majorities in the Montana Legislature decided not to approve it in 2013.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:47:58 +0000 Dan Boyce 16776 at http://mtpr.org Legislative Fiscal Division refutes Gov.’s cost estimate for Medicaid Expansion Supporters of Medicaid expansion initiative can begin gathering signatures http://mtpr.org/post/supporters-medicaid-expansion-initiative-can-begin-gathering-signatures <p>Supporters of an initiative looking to expand Medicaid in the state can now begin gathering signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.</p><p>The Attorney General’s Office approved the Healthy Montana Plan this week after finding problems with earlier versions of the initiative.</p><p>Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says opponents still believe the measure violates the state constitution.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:38:14 +0000 Dan Boyce 15218 at http://mtpr.org Some thoughts on the state of racial equality in Montana http://mtpr.org/post/some-thoughts-state-racial-equality-montana <p>Martin Luther King Junior Day provides a time for us to reflect on equality.</p><p>The civil rights leader spent his life pursuing equal opportunity for all people, especially people of different racial backgrounds.</p><p>In this story, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with Co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network Kim Abbott about the state of race issues in Montana.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 13854 at http://mtpr.org