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Options for home health care services expand in Yellowstone County

Options for home health care services expand in Yellowstone County

Yellowstone County residents who rely on health care services in their homes have a new Medicare-certified option — Senior Independence of Montana.

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Gazette opinion: Health care reform thrives close to home

Gazette opinion: Health care reform thrives close to home

A dozen new doctors ceremoniously donned white coats when Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first internal medicine residency last week.

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Big Sky Economic Development: Health care summit will gauge industry's economic impact

Big Sky Economic Development: Health care summit will gauge industry's economic impact

Over the past several years, the Billings community has seen a strong and steady investment in the health care corridor. The growth has made Billings a preferred destination for most health care needs.

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On-site health clinics help keep costs down

On-site health clinics help keep costs down

It’s a tradition born in America’s industrial past, when miners, factory workers and their families lined up to visit the company doctor whenever they got sick. As part of an effort to rein in rising health costs, Billings School District 2 is the latest in a series of local employers to est…

August 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Small, rural health centers struggle to serve uninsured

This week our legislators will have an opportunity to vote on meaningful and positive changes in the health care delivery system in Montana. Our legislators will decide if they will expand Medicaid health insurance coverage to 70,000 low-income Montanans who now have no insurance. These Mont…

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Home health care can help individuals avoid hospital stays, ER visits

When it’s feasible, most people would prefer to stay in their own home if they are ill or injured.

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Health officials explore how cross-jurisdictional sharing can lead to greater efficiency

RiverStone Health has received a $125,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore how cross-jurisdictional sharing might help it fulfill its mission of improving life, health and safety by protecting and promoting the health of the community.

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Guest opinion: Covering uninsured good for Montana's health, economy

One of the most important issues facing the 2013 Montana Legislature is whether to take advantage of the opportunity to expand health insurance coverage to low-income Montanans.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Primary gap: In health, we're not No. 1

WASHINGTON -- It turns out that being American is bad for your health, relatively speaking. Anyone interested in health care ought to digest the findings of a massive new report from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, which compared Americans' health with that of pe…

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State office examines child safety issues

With December’s tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the nation mourned the loss of 26 precious lives. Twenty of those who died were children. And now the question remains: How could this have been prevented?

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Montana ranks 50th in immunization coverage

Montana made no progress in improving its overall health in 2011, according to a national survey.

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Guest opinion: How to cure U.S. health care

When it comes to health care, Americans are not getting a lot of value for their money. The United States spends 17.6 percent of its gross domestic product, nearly twice the average of the nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But life expectancy in the United…

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Community Health Center slated to open in Hardin this fall

HARDIN — A new Community Health Center, fueled by a $604,000 federal grant, is scheduled to open in this community of 3,500 as soon as October.

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Gazette opinion: Let’s revive bipartisanship in health reform

Nearly 6.6 million young adults, ages 19 through 26, were on their parents’ health insurance plans last year, thanks to a change in federal law.

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Guest opinion: GOP health care reforms will follow Supreme Court ruling

For many people, Mondays have now become the most highly anticipated day of the week. Americans across the country are looking to the Supreme Court each Monday at 10 a.m. to see how it will rule on the president’s health care law. After more than two years of enduring the costs and consequen…

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Montana adults see access to health care decrease over past decade

Montana adults see access to health care decrease over past decade

The ability of adults to obtain basic health care services in the United States has declined in nearly every state over the past decade, even for those who have health insurance -- and Montana is no exception, according to a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

May 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: High-quality ideas may relieve health cost crisis

In 2010, Americans spent $8,402 per capita on health care — twice as much as other developed nations. Despite all the spending, America’s population is less healthy than other industrial nations. U.S. life expectancy is on the lower end of rankings while infant mortality is on the high end.

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Guest opinion: HHS made right decision to protect women's health

On Jan. 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a decision that ensures millions of Americans and thousands of Montanans will have access to affordable birth control.

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Legislation aimed at leveling field for rural health care providers

Bipartisan legislation that U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., sponsored to ensure affordable, quality health care for rural Montanans is getting support from some of Montana’s leading health care providers.

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Gazette opinion: Nonprofit hospitals pay off for Montana

Montana’s largest hospitals continue to increase their charity care and other community benefits, according to a report from Attorney General Steve Bullock.

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