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Eric Whitney

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Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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U.S. Capitol.
Bjoertvedt (CC-BY-SA-3)

As September drew to a close, so did funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

In Montana the program that’s jointly funded by the federal and state governments covers about 23,000 children.

If federal funding isn’t restored by Congress, most of those kids could lose their health coverage by as soon as January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

It's about one month until open enrollment starts for health insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov. Yesterday Montana's biggest health insurance company said it won't attempt to adjust its premiums downward for next year.

Matthew Rosendale, Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance
Eric Whitney

 

One day after Senate leaders officially pulled the plug on their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Montana’s Insurance Commissioner spoke on the issue.

A graphic from the report Montana's DPHHS submitted to the HELP Act Oversight Committee today
Corin Cates-Carney

Figures released today show that nearly 84,000 people are now enrolled under Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, passed by the legislature in 2016.

The legislative committee overseeing the bi-partisan HELP Act that expanded Medicaid in Montana heard the update from the state health department.

UM President Candidate Seth Bodnar at the UC Theater Sept. 22, 2017
Matt Blois

The third of four finalists to be the next president of the University of Montana, Seth Bodnar, spoke to, and took questions from, a packed house at the U-C theater this afternoon.

"I’m in the people development business," Bodnar said. "My passion, my purpose, my energy in life has come from working with helping to develop teams, and helping people to reach their full potential."

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