Medicaid Expansion

2015 Legislature
6:07 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Republican Medicaid Bill

Rep. Nancy Ballance (R) HD87
Credit Montana Legislature

Montana lawmakers took testimony Wednesday on the first of several bills designed to expand healthcare coverage in Montana without the full-scale Medicaid expansion Governor Steve Bullock is proposing.

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Capitol Talk
4:36 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

'Capitol Talk': GOP Health Plan, U-System Funding, And 'Open War' Between Republicans And The COPP

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, and Mike Dennison.
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on "Capitol Talk":

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Commentary
3:59 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Martin Luther King And Montana Medicaid Expansion

Guest commentaries do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Montana Public Radio.

As we recently celebrated Martin Luther King, we were not just celebrating the actual impact of the man but also his inspiring vision of an equal America. That vision was an America of racial equality but also an America of economic justice. Martin Luther King saw the two as inextricably intertwined.

Consider his emphasis in the weeks before he was assassinated in 1968, when he spoke eloquently of two Americas.

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2015 Legislature
5:59 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Montana Republicans Unveil Healthcare Plan, Minus Medicaid Expansion

A conservative group of Republican lawmakers unveiled their plans to address healthcare in Montana that don’t involve Medicaid expansion. It’ s dubbed “Big Sky Health.” The package contains just over 20 bills.

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Teton Medical Center
12:13 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Bullock Touts Medicaid Expansion At Choteau Hospital VIsit

Credit Teton Medical Center

Just over 40 percent of the patients who get care at Teton Medical Center  in Choteau are uninsured and can’t pay their medical bills. That’s the message the hospital’s CEO gave to Governor Steve Bullock Thursday afternoon.

Teton Medical Center is one of the state’s Critical Access Hospitals. It has ten hospital beds, just over three dozen nursing home beds, and an emergency room.

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2015 Legislature
12:10 am
Mon February 2, 2015

News Roundup, Week 4 At The Montana Legislature

Inside the Montana Capitol dome.
Credit William Marcus

In the middle of the fourth week of the 64th Montana Legislature, Gov. Steve Bullock took the rostrum in the House of Representatives with a big smile.

“The state of our state is strong,” Bullock said, beginning his State of the State address.

Bullock touted his fiscal discipline and pushed his big legislative priorities, getting multiple standing ovations from Democrats and occasional claps from a few Republicans.

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Capitol Talk
5:06 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Differences Over Role Of Government Color Debates At The Montana Legislature

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk & Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on Capitol talk, Sally, Chuck and Mike deconstruct the State of the State address and discuss how different philosophies on the role of government are affecting policy discussions at the Montana Legislature. From Medicaid expansion to bonding for infrastructure, to the debate over tax cuts vs. a surplus, these philosophical differences are behind many conflicts at the legislature.

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2015 Legislature
5:58 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Bill Bars Governor From Expanding Medicaid Through Executive Action

A Montana House Committee Monday took up a bill that could provide a preview of the coming debate on Medicaid expansion.

Freshman Republican Matthew Monforton, from Bozeman, is pushing a bill that would bar the governor from setting up a healthcare exchange or expanding Medicaid without the legislature’s approval.

"There are other states in which a governor has unilaterally imposed Medicaid expansion without the approval of the legislature, and in Montana we don’t think that’s appropriate," Monforton said.

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2015 Legislature
6:40 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Bill Would Prevent Gov. From Expanding Medicaid Without Legislative Approval

Credit William Marcus

Monday at the Montana Legislature, Republican Representative Matthew Monforton is proposing House Bill 256. This bill would limit the Governor’s ability to pass administrative rules that would effectively bypass the Legislature in expanding Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

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Affordable Care Act
5:24 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Montana Sees Drop In Uninsured, Slowdown In Healthcare Spending

There are about three percent fewer Montanans without health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to University of Montana Economist Bryce Ward. He says the ACA is responsible for even bigger drops in the number of uninsured in other states.

"If the ACA stays around, we expect to continue to see the share of people without health insurance declining over the next few years."

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