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Medicaid expansion

Greg Pinski
Courtesy of Montana Judicial Branch

The Affordable Care Act, and it’s expansion of Medicaid are making a big difference fighting drug addiction in Montana.

That’s according to multiple panelists at a “Substance Use Disorder Summit” put on by the Montana Healthcare Foundation in Helena today.

A graphic from the report Montana's DPHHS submitted to the HELP Act Oversight Committee today
Corin Cates-Carney

Figures released today show that nearly 84,000 people are now enrolled under Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, passed by the legislature in 2016.

The legislative committee overseeing the bi-partisan HELP Act that expanded Medicaid in Montana heard the update from the state health department.

Montana Department of Corrections

 


Medicaid expansion saved the Montana Department of Corrections $7.6 million in the fiscal year that ended in July.

This map shows spending on health care services via Medicaid expansion by county since January, 2016
Montana DPHHS

A new report says that Medicaid expansion has saved Montana more than $30 million in its first 18 months.

"Medicaid expansion continues to be a stunning success for Montana," said Shiela Hogan, director of Montana's Department of Health and Human Services. "There's no denying this."

Laura Terrill, with Planned Parenthood of Montana, and John Goodnow, CEO of Benefis Health Systems were among the panelists critical of Senate health care bill in Helena Thursday July, 6.
Eric Whitney

Leaders of Montana doctors, nurses and hospital groups today spoke out against the health care bill being proposed by Senate Republicans.

John Goodnow is the CEO of Benefis, Montana's second largest hospital system, based in Great Falls. And he's no fan of the health care bill the House passed in May. Nor does he like the Senate's proposed changes to it.

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