Affordable Care Act

Campaign Beat
4:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Campaign Beat: House Candidates Suffer From 'Abundance Of Caution'

Screen capture from the NRA ad now running in Montana.

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

Former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, Sally Mauk, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Obamacare Navigator Grants
5:27 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

'Navigator Grants' Help Montanans Enroll In 'Obamacare'

Three Montana groups are getting more than $600,000 in grants to help people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The so-called Navigator grants are for groups that will provide in-person assistance to people shopping for health care coverage on healthcare.gov or through other sources.

Intermountain Planned Parenthood will get $292,000. The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council will get $142,000, and Montana Health Network will get $175,000.

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Commentary - August 15th, 2014
3:13 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Community Health Centers: Ensuring Access to Health Care for Montanans

I want to tell you a familiar story. A young man, we’ll call him Joe, he doesn't make a lot of money, has a toothache and needs to see a dentist, but doesn’t have dental insurance. In a lot of communities this guy is going to land in the emergency room, get some pain meds, maybe antibiotics, and then he’ll call all over town trying to find a dentist he can afford.

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Politics Week In Review
5:13 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Energy, Agriculture, And Suing The President

This week in Montana politics: Walsh tries to weather the plagiarism storm, Zinke presents his energy plan, Lewis promotes his "Farm and Ranch Jobs Platform", Daines votes to sue the President.

Walsh Plagiarism

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Politics Week In Review
4:16 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Montana Politics Week In Review

NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback

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Commentary - July 11th, 2014
12:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Dear SCOTUS: Women Are People, Too

This week the Supreme Court ruled, again, that corporations are people – and essentially that women are not. In an impressive misuse of legal theory, a fundamental misunderstanding of science and anatomy, and a blatant disregard for the rights of women, the Supreme Court decided in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that “closely held” for-profit corporations have religious rights and can use them to prevent employees from getting the health care they need.

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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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