Children's Health Insurance Program

Montana Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Senator Jon Tester blasted his colleagues in Congress today for continued failure to pass a long-term federal spending bill.

Congress has been relying on short-term spending bills to support vital programs since government funding ran out 110 days ago.

U.S. Capitol.
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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.

Montana "Most Improved" In Child Well-Being Rankings
Josh Burnham

More Montana kids are insured, fewer are dying and the teen birth rate continues to drop. This is according to the 2016 National Kids Count Data Book released this week.

Medicaid Expansion Debate Begins At The Montana Legislature

Mar 6, 2015
Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen (R)
Montana Legislature

Before the hearing on Gov. Bullock's Medicaid expansion bill began, the Republican majority took another jab at the bill.


Governor Steve Bullock announced his support Wednesday for a voter initiative to expand Medicaid, called the Healthy Montana Initiative.

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.