Gazette State Bureau
HELENA — The parent firm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has been sued by a benefits-administration group, which says the Chicago-based insurance giant is hoarding excess profits and unduly enriching its executives.
HELENA – Advocates of “school choice” filled the state Capitol halls Monday, in part to testify for a pair of bills creating new state income-tax credits helping finance private schools in Montana.
So far this year, groups outside of the candidates’ campaigns have spent $172.2 million to influence federal elections, according to OpenSecrets.org.
HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Tuesday said the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to postpone any decisions on closing offices and mail-processing centers until May 2012, to give Congress a chance to help the USPS tackle its crushing debt.
HELENA — The Gazette State Poll was conducted March 14-16 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C., for The Billings Gazette, Montana Standard of Butte, Helena Independent Record, Missoulian and Ravalli Republic.
In the midst of a legislative session in which many Montana legislators propose to reject a federal law intended to extend health coverage to more Americans, there’s a significant information gap on the would-be repealers.
HELENA — Two Democratic state senators said Tuesday that the names of state lawmakers who sign up for publicly funded health insurance benefits should be made public, and that they'll co-sponsor a bill requiring that disclosure.