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Health Care Reform

Guest opinion: ACA benefits add up to healthy gains for Montanans

The Affordable Care Act is working and the evidence continues to mount.

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2014 Look Ahead: Medicaid expansion faces tough road in Wyoming – again

No one disputes Wyoming could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid to roughly 17,000 uninsured residents.

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University of Wyoming conference examines health care changes

CASPER, Wyo. -- Steven Brill, author of a groundbreaking Time magazine article that examined why American health care is so expensive, will headline a three-day consumer issues conference at the University of Wyoming.

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Bullock includes Medicaid expansion, tax rebate in budget

Bullock includes Medicaid expansion, tax rebate in budget

HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock on Friday proposed some changes to outgoing Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s earlier budget recommendations, but retained the proposed expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for poor and disabled people.

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Amid federal reform, Wyoming governor moves forward with health agenda

Amid federal reform, Wyoming governor moves forward with health agenda

CASPER, Wyo. — Even as federal health care reform takes hold in Wyoming, Gov. Matt Mead continues to pursue his own health agenda, which promotes electronic records and physician practices focused on value over volume.

January 03, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Health reform a hot topic after election

CASPER, Wyo. — President Barack Obama’s re-election clears the way for the Affordable Care Act’s implementation in Wyoming, but state leaders must still decide how much they’ll comply with the federal health reform law.

November 07, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Local hospitals leading health care reform

In the political campaigns of 2012, health care reform is mostly a series of sound bites, charges and counter charges about which party’s plan hurts Americans.

October 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Feds outline health insurance savings, but no data for Montana in 1 category

HELENA — National health officials Tuesday said two provisions in the federal health reform law have saved consumers $2.1 billion in health insurance premiums within the last year.

September 11, 2012 5:02 pmLoading…

Highlights of Rehberg’s education, labor, health funding proposal

HELENA — The proposed 2013 federal health, labor and education spending plan released Tuesday by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., covers scores of programs and agencies. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights in the proposal, which is before Rehberg’s appropriations subcommittee for a vot…

July 17, 2012 5:07 pmLoading…
Rehberg’s House panel releases budget proposal

Rehberg’s House panel releases budget proposal

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg on Tuesday unveiled his proposed spending plan for federal health, labor and education programs for fiscal 2013 — a plan immediately slammed by Democrats as unacceptable and “extremely partisan.”

July 17, 2012 5:00 pm Photos

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Rehberg joins GOP House majority on symbolic vote to repeal health-reform law

Rehberg joins GOP House majority on symbolic vote to repeal health-reform law

HELENA — Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., joined the U.S. House Republican majority Wednesday in voting to repeal the 2010 federal health-reform law – although the vote was largely symbolic.

July 11, 2012 9:45 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Getting past health care law’s individual mandate

Speculation about the likely death of “Obamacare” has raged ever since the Supreme Court heard three intense days of legal arguments in March. The pundits have crowed about how the individual mandate is the Achilles’ heel of President Obama’s health-care law.

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Guest opinion: America needs new farm bill that works

In 1933, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the very first farm bill, formally called the Agricultural Adjustment Act, he told the nation that “an unprecedented condition calls for the trial of new means to rescue agriculture.” That legislation, passed as the country struggled to em…

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Religious groups protest federal health-insurance rule on contraception coverage

Religious groups protest federal health-insurance rule on contraception coverage

HELENA — Religious groups and their supporters Friday protested the federal mandate that health insurance policies cover birth control and related services for women, saying the mandate violates their religious freedom.

June 08, 2012 7:45 pmLoading…
Rehberg hears from RiverStone Health on funding

Rehberg hears from RiverStone Health on funding

Told to make his best pitch for funding the nation’s Community Health Centers, John Felton, CEO of RiverStone Health, wasted no time.

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State takes wait-and-see approach to health care reform

CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming's two major health care projects are either on hold or have been discontinued.

April 07, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Montana Health Co-op, a new health insurer, to get $58M federal start-up loan

Montana Health Co-op, a new health insurer, to get $58M federal start-up loan

HELENA — The fledgling Montana Health Cooperative on Tuesday became one of the first co-ops in the nation to win a federal loan, which will provide $58 million toward setting up the new, member-owned health insurer for Montana individuals and businesses.

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St. Vincent CEO reflects on year of surprises, disappointments

St. Vincent CEO reflects on year of surprises, disappointments

Jason Barker took over as president and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare in January 2011 and wasted no time improving health care in the region.

January 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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'High-risk' insurance pool already needs cash infusion

HELENA — Montana's federally funded health insurance "high-risk pool" for the hard-to-insure will blow through its initially allocated $16 million this year and needs another $6 million to $7 million to cover its 2012 costs, officials said Tuesday.

January 10, 2012 5:07 pmLoading…

Highlights of health, labor, ed spending bill proposed by Rehberg committee

HELENA — Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., has released the 2012 federal health, labor and education budget proposed before the U.S. House budget subcommittee that he chairs. Here are highlights of the proposal:

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