A dozen new doctors ceremoniously donned white coats when Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first internal medicine residency last week.
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.
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…
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…
When it’s feasible, most people would prefer to stay in their own home if they are ill or injured.
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.
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.
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…
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?
Montana made no progress in improving its overall health in 2011, according to a national survey.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Montana’s largest hospitals continue to increase their charity care and other community benefits, according to a report from Attorney General Steve Bullock.
The new health care reform laws and a struggling economy present some unique challenges for all of us. Nonetheless, the uncertainty we are facing in Montana and throughout America presents us with an opportunity to improve our health care system and the manner in which we all access quality …