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Feds expect 10,000 Wyoming enrollees in Obamacare by deadline

Monday marks the deadline for Wyoming residents and the rest of the nation to enroll for health care plans in the insurance exchange outlined by the Affordable Care Act.

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Bikers pedal course to certify Governor's Cup marathon with Boston in mind

Bikers pedal course to certify Governor's Cup marathon with Boston in mind

HELENA — Early last Monday morning, Matt Smeltzer adjusted a counter on his bike. He and a few Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana employees were about to ride the entire course of the Governor’s Cup marathon, backward — starting at the Lewis and Clark Library and ending in Marysville.

May 19, 2013 11:12 amLoading…

Company execs seeking to buy Montana insurer made $59M

HELENA — Illinois records show the top 10 executives of a Chicago-based health insurance company that wants to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana made $59 million in salary and bonuses last year.

April 10, 2013 4:09 pmLoading…

Insurer agrees to boost Blue Cross purchase price

HELENA — An Illinois health insurer has agreed to pay an additional $23 million to acquire Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana if state regulators signal by the end of the month they plan to approve the deal.

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State ramps up review of proposed Blue Cross merger with health insurance giant

HELENA -- State officials are gearing up for an extensive review of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana’s proposed merger with an Illinois-based health insurance giant, including the hiring of consultants to examine the merger’s impacts on Montana.

January 13, 2013 12:15 am Related Loading…

Guest opinion: New alliance will help control health care costs

When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana was founded more than 70 years ago, the population of our great state was about half what it is today. Small family farms were the backbone of the economy. Gasoline was cheap and there was no such thing as a personal computer or iPad. A lot has chan…

September 22, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

New health insurer in Montana hires executive, prepares new office

HELENA — PacificSource, one of the newest and biggest private health insurers in Montana, is opening a new main office for the state in Helena and has hired a Montana insurance executive as its regional director.

July 26, 2012 5:38 pmLoading…

Kibbe, as he departs New West Health Services, gives his take on health care as we know it

HELENA — When health insurance executive David Kibbe surveys the health care landscape in Montana one last time, he sees some very positive things: Emerging competition among insurers, expanding access to care and a growing focus on keeping people well.

June 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Blue Cross pins blame for state contract snafu on fired marketing officer

Blue Cross pins blame for state contract snafu on fired marketing officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, which inadvertently missed a deadline to bid on a key $4 million state contract in November, has assigned blame to its former chief marketing officer, who was fired later that month and is now suing the company.

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Insurance giant Cigna will manage state employee health plan

HELENA -- Cigna, the Connecticut-based health insurance giant, will be the new administrator of the state of Montana's employee health plan, which covers 32,500 people, Cigna and the state announced Monday. 

April 24, 2012 6:00 amLoading…

Woman sues Blue Cross Blue Shield over payment system

In a case that could force health insurers to pay claims even when another insurer completely pays off hospital bills, a woman injured in a Helena car accident in 2009 is suing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, charging that she should have received payments from both that insurance com…

April 21, 2012 6:42 amLoading…
Shannon Marsden

Shannon Marsden

Shannon Marsden

April 09, 2012 7:40 amLoading…
Former marketing chief sues Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Former marketing chief sues Blue Cross/Blue Shield

A former chief marketing officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana has filed a lawsuit against the corporation charging she was fired in retaliation for reporting illegal actions by the company.

April 08, 2012 10:40 amLoading…

Oregon firm in New West deal is growing insurance player in Northwest

HELENA — This week’s antitrust deal involving Montana’s two biggest health insurers sets up a substantial new player in the Montana market: PacificSource, a $1 billion company from Oregon that’s on an expansion kick.

November 11, 2011 5:30 pmLoading…

Blue Cross Blue Shield shutting down Great Falls facility

HELENA — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana says it is closing a Great Falls facility and consolidating it with its headquarters in Helena.

July 20, 2011 6:07 amLoading…

Insure Montana asking for bids on "pooled" coverage for small business

HELENA —Insure Montana, the state program that subsidizes health insurance for small businesses and their employees, plans to ask for new bids on its "pooled" coverage that serves nearly 900 companies.

July 03, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Montanans plan to form health insurance co-op, via federal reform law

HELENA — A group of Montanans, including formFer state Auditor John Morrison, plans to form a health insurance co-op that would provide a new coverage option for Montanans as member-customers.

June 05, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Blue Cross pricing of coverage for 'association' plans under fire in lawsuit

HELENA — A trio of Montana farmers who say Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana overcharged them for health insurance is asking a federal appeals court to allow state courts to resolve the issue.

May 17, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…
New West considers sale to Blue Cross & Blue Shield

New West considers sale to Blue Cross & Blue Shield

HELENA — New West Health Services, Montana’s second-largest private health insurer, is considering selling a significant part of its insurance business to its larger competitor, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Montana, the Gazette State Bureau has learned.

May 11, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Sponsors announce new changes for Heart and Sole Run

Sponsors announce new changes for Heart and Sole Run

After starting and finishing at Grandview Park for 31 years, the Heart and Sole Run will be finishing at Dehler Park this June.

April 13, 2011 2:44 pm Photos

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