health insurance

For Coverage Starting Jan. 1
4:38 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Enrollment Deadline For Affordable Care Act Approaching

Partnership Health Center, Missoula, MT
Credit Courtesy Partnership Health Center

An important deadline is fast approaching for those who want an Affordable Care Act health plan that takes effect on January first. Applicants must be enrolled by the end of business on Monday, December 15.

Those who've already signed up, but want to make last minute changes, face the same deadline.

Partnership Health Center's Sandra Mytty says she and her staff have helped lots of people in the Missoula area select policies.

"We're actually doing really well. Since we started we've helped over 350 people since November 15 and we're still going."

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BCBS Settlement
5:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

BCBS To Pay $1 Million To Settle Consumer Complaints

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana is paying $1 million to the state to settle more than three hundred consumer complaints.

State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says the complaints mostly came from people who bought policies on the new health insurance exchange last year. Lindeen says every insurance company had problems with the rollout, but the problems with Blue Cross-Blue Shield were extreme.

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Montana Budget
3:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Gov. Bullock Releases State Budget Plan

Gov. Steve Bullock outlines his proposed state budget, Mon, Nov. 17, flanked by Budget Director Dan Villa and Lieutenant Governor Angela McLean.
Credit Courtesy photo

Governor Steve Bullock released his two-year budget proposal during a Monday Morning news conference at the state capitol. Highlights include a spending increase of 5.5% this year and close to 3% next year, as well as $300 million in improvements to the state’s roads, sewers, and other infrastructure, and a $300 million surplus to take care of emergencies.

But the proposal that could produce the most contentious debate concerns Medicaid. 

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Affordable Care Act
7:36 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Saturday Event Launches Health Insurance Sign-Ups

Lee Ann Johnson, director of the Missoula Indian Center, welcomes people to the enrollment event at Missoula County Fairgrounds Saturday.
Credit Eric Whitney

Saturday was the start of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2015. It’s is the second year most Americans will be required to have health insurance or face a tax penalty.

There were at least two events on Saturday in the MTPR listening area to help people shop for coverage, and investigate whether they qualify for a subsidy to help them afford it. One at the Great Falls Public Library, the other at Missoula County’s fairgrounds.

The Missoula Indian Center sponsored the event in Missoula, but it was open to anyone.

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Affordable Care Act
6:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Health Insurance Premiums Up Only Slightly In Montana

Montanans who buy their own health insurance, or who want to, can start buying policies for next year starting on Saturday. It’s the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s second so-called “open enrollment” period.

The process will be similar to last year, but significantly different, says Adam Schafer, at the Montana insurance commissioner’s office.

"Folks should not experience the same problems that came up last year," he says.

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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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Mountain West Voices
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Just Good Stuff: Jane Horton And Doug Holly

Jane Horton and Doug Holly
Credit Clay Scott

A really moving love story worthy of Shakespeare - only no one drinks poison. There's some plant biology and Irish music thrown in for good measure.

(Broadcast: Mountain West Voices, 7/23/14)

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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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Internet healthcare marketplace
2:02 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Montana healthcare "navigators" ready to help the uninsured sign up for coverage

Individuals and groups looking for health insurance will - starting tomorrow - have another alternative at their disposal.

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