Affordable Care Act

Politics Week in Review
1:24 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Contraceptives, Campaign Finance And Citizen Initiatives

Montana politicians and interest groups were divided along party lines over this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate. In the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that closely-held private corporations do not have to provide birth control as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, if the corporations have religious objections to birth control.

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Hobby Lobby ruling
11:59 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Montana feedback to Hobby Lobby decision

Martha Stahl
Credit Edward O'Brien

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled this week that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. That marks the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
 
     The justices' 5-4 decision means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under the health insurance plans of objecting companies, such as Hobby Lobby.

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Medicaid expansion
10:36 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot

Credit Healthy Montana Initiative

Organizers of the Healthy Montana Initiative - an effort to expand Medicaid to 70-thousand Montanans - conceded defeat today, but vow to continue to support the issue.

Healthy Montana Initiative president, Kim Abbott, says I-170 will not qualify for the November ballot.

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Walsh for Senate
11:26 am
Wed May 21, 2014

He was appointed now he wants to be elected, to the U.S. Senate

Senator John Walsh

As the incumbent, John Walsh has an apparent advantage over his two opponents - John Bohlinger and Dirk Adams - in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

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Bohlinger for Senate
11:25 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Republican turned democrat says he’s the progressive in the Senate race

Democratic Senate candidate John Bohlinger

Former Republican state legislator and lieutenant governor John Bohlinger wants to be Montana's next democratic U.S. Senator.

Bohlinger is an ex-Marine and former Billings businessman who served five terms in the legislature and two terms as the Republican lieutenant governor with democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer.

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Daines for Senate
10:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Steve Daines wants to repeal Obamacare, cut Medicaid, and log more

Congressman Steve Daines
Credit William Marcus

With the biggest war chest, and the most name recognition, Congressman Steve Daines has a clear edge over his opponents Champ Edmunds and Susan Cundiff in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. The former Bozeman businessman is serving his first - and possibly - last term as Montana's lone representative in the U.S. House. Now he wants to win the Senate seat, long held by democrat Max Baucus, back for the Republican party.
    In this feature interview, Daines talks with News Director Sally Mauk about his campaign - and about some of the current issues facing Congress.

 

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Affordable Care Act
5:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

MT's Obamacare enrollment numbers continue to climb

The number of Montanans applying for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act continues to climb. Residents signed up for about 4,000 plans on the state’s online Obamacare marketplace in the month of February. That makes nearly 23,000 plans since the marketplace opened last fall.

The rate of signups sits above the national average, according to Mike Dennison with Lee Newspapers.

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Ag Secretary
12:53 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is in charge of a lot more than the nation's food policy. His agency also oversees management of our national forests, and as a member of the Cabinet, he advises the president on everything from the farm bill - to the impacts of climate change.

In this feature interview, Vilsack talks with News Director Sally Mauk about those issues and more - starting with why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a good deal for rural Americans.

 

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Documentary Special
10:09 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue

1/30/2014 - Intelligence Squared US presents - With the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1016-obamacare-is-now-beyond-rescue

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Affordable Care Act
11:31 am
Fri January 24, 2014

40-thousand Montanans fall into Obamacare 'coverage gap'

Arlee resident Donna Mollica earns too much to qualify for Medicaid as it stands, but not enough to meet the criteria for Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies

A ballot initiative which would expand Medicaid in Montana has run into a hang-up after the Attorney General’s office noted a legal issue with the proposal.

Supporters of the so-called “Healthy Montana Initiative” have filed a corrected version to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.

This will shorten the amount of time the initiative has to gather signatures to be placed on the 2014 ballot.

Republican lawmakers during the 2013 legislature blocked passage of Medicaid Expansion, an optional piece of the federal Affordable Care Act.

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