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A group of state lawmakers on Thursday lifted a block on cuts to how much Montana pays doctors and other health professionals who serve Medicaid patients.


UM Investigates Pregnancy And Opioid Use In Montana

Dec 26, 2017
Jacqui Crisp of Columbia Falls lifts her squirmy daughter out of the stroller to carry her during a trip to the grocery store. Crisp moved to Montana to be near family who would support her through drug treatment and the final months of pregnancy.
Rikki Devlin for the Missoulian

Pregnant women using opioids in Montana aren’t receiving adequate care, according to a joint investigation by the Missoulian and the University of Montana Journalism School. As a result, more infants in Montana are being born dependent on narcotics. That means they can experience withdrawal symptoms - anywhere from fussiness and trouble feeding to seizures or death in extreme cases.

Flu Cases In Montana Up From 2016

Dec 21, 2017
A woman gets the flu vaccine. File photo.
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Public health officials are seeing a spike in influenza cases across Montana.

Rachel Hinnenkamp with the state health department says that as of December 16, there have been 374 cases with 89 hospitalizations and six deaths.

State budgets.
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Montana is starting to feel the impact of budget cuts that lawmakers approved as a way to deal with the state's $227 million deficit. Here's a roundup of some of our reporting on the state budget cuts so far.

Western Montana Mental Health Center headquarters in Missoula
Eric Whitney

Last week Montana Public Radio reported about coming layoffs at the state’s largest community mental healthcare provider.

Employees at Missoula-based Western Montana Mental Health told us about 50 case managers there were being laid off due to state government cutting Medicaid payments.

The organization confirmed the cuts Monday, and today we’re hearing from its CEO, Jodi Daly.

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