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Anna Whiting Sorrell is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and works for their health department
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Today, NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about discrimination Native Americans face when trying to get healthcare in America. It included an interview with Anna Whiting Sorrell, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

We’re going to follow up now by looking at some of the persistent myths about American Indians that get in the way of them getting healthcare.

A new union that formed in response to state budget cuts is now charging their employer with unfair labor practices. Adult mental health caseworkers accuse a state contractor of not bargaining in good faith.

The union, which formed in September, filed an unfair labor practice complaint Friday with the National Labor Relations Board.

With the final deadline for getting a healthcare plan under the Affordable Care Act now just days away, the number of Montanans who’ve  signed up for insurance plans on healthcare.gov is 2,000 people ahead of this time last year. 

This Friday, December 15, is the last day Montanans can sign up for coverage.

Young people account for a substantion proportion of new STIs, and face unique risk factors.
Centers for Disease Control

Tonight we take a closer look at people impacted by the state’s most common sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia. The state health department says Montana is on track for over 4,000 cases of chlamydia by year’s end.

The Lowdown on How to Prevent STDs
CDC

Public health officials in Montana are hopeful that a rise in one sexually transmitted disease linked to the Bakken oil boom is starting to go back down.

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