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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.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at a press conference in Helena Monday
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana is suing the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma. Attorney General Tim Fox held a press conference today to announce a consumer protection lawsuit against the Connecticut-based company.

Fox says Montana is joining over a dozen other states in alleging Purdue Pharma holds some of the blame for the rise in abuse of opioid drugs across the nation. Drugs like Perdue’s painkiller Oxycontin.

A Montana Buds medical marijuana sign.
Corin Cates-Carney

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Medical marijuana providers and patients in Montana say proposed regulatory actions would place considerable cost and time burdens on them.

The Montana Standard reports the stakeholders voiced opposition to the set of proposed rules during a hearing Thursday at the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.

A bill to reform the troubled Veterans Choice health care program took a big step forward Wednesday.

Senator Jon Tester says it won bi-partisan support in the Veterans Affairs committee he sits on, and should now go to the Senate floor.

The deadline for getting a health plan under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching.

Open enrollment under the health care law passed by the Obama administration started November 1.

According to the Montana Primary Care Association’s Olivia Riutta, there’s a strong local demand for enrollment assistance. 

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