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Report: State health plan among most generous

HELENA — A new report says insurance pays for 94 percent of Montana state employees' health care costs.

August 14, 2014 7:44 amLoading…

SBA Official: 'Obamacare' won't kill jobs

New federal health insurance laws won’t be the job killers that critics fear, a U.S. Small Business Administration official said Thursday in Billings.

June 12, 2014 5:07 pmLoading…

HEALTH MATTERS: Know what health insurance plan offers, how it works

More than 7 million Americans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Recent reports indicate that more than 5 million people did not have health insurance coverage before enrolling in a health insurance marketplace plan. If you have been insured for years or are n…

May 13, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…

Lindeen’s office to examine Obamacare marketplace numbers, impact

HELENA — State Auditor Monica Lindeen, whose office regulates insurance, said Thursday the latest enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act don’t tell the whole story, and that she’ll be taking a closer look.

May 01, 2014 5:57 pmLoading…
36,000 Montanans gained insurance through Affordable Care Act

36,000 Montanans gained insurance through Affordable Care Act

HELENA — Nearly 36,600 Montanans are covered by individual health insurance policies they selected through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace, federal health officials reported Thursday.

May 01, 2014 1:54 pm Related Loading…

Wyoming health insurers report surge in activity

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Health insurance signups through the federal exchange have increased in Wyoming ahead of Monday's deadline to join or face penalties, according to representatives of the two insurers providing coverage in the state.

March 31, 2014 12:33 pmLoading…
Montana enrollment surges as insurance deadline nears

Montana enrollment surges as insurance deadline nears

HELENA — A surge of Montanans scrambling to sign up for health insurance reached its peak with Monday's deadline, and insurers said that rush could be enough to meet federal officials' original goal of 31,000 people enrolled through the nation's health care overhaul law.

March 31, 2014 11:56 am Related Loading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Stakes in ACA debate higher than health care

WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Made in Montana ideas ensure ACA will work for families

One of my favorite Montana entrepreneurs is Wheat Montana’s Dean Folkvord. I’m not sure whether Dean voted for Barack Obama, but I doubt it. The thing about Dean though is he has a sharp pencil and he does what’s best for his business and his customers. That’s how Wheat Montana blazed the tr…

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Healthy reasons for young to get insured this month

With the March 31 deadline fast approaching to sign up for the health insurance exchange in Montana and Wyoming on healthcare.gov, there is a blitz of editorials and ads by Affordable Care Act critics targeted to get young people not to sign up.

March 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Ailing Obamacare will fail within 3 years

Since 1990, culminating with Obamacare, progressives progressively destroyed health insurance. How? By switching definitions. Old definition: Insurance is fixed, smaller payments to protect yourself from future potential unforeseen catastrophic events. The potential future loss multiplied by…

March 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Dig beneath sound bites on Obamacare

People have had their health insurance canceled. They’ve lost their doctors. They have to pay for services they’ll never use. They’re forced to buy insurance they don’t want.

March 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

February 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Lindeen sets meetings to answer American Indians' questions on Obamacare

Lindeen sets meetings to answer American Indians' questions on Obamacare

Monica Lindeen, commissioner of Securities and Insurance, is traveling to Indian Country to answer questions from Native Americans about the new health care law this week.

February 04, 2014 10:26 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montanans must weigh costs of being uninsured

Changes often bring frustration and confusion, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been no different. Despite the long implementation time frame, the federal exchange — Healthcare.gov (the online market place for Montanans) — was not ready. This added frustration and confusion.

January 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: New co-op aims to cover Montana's uninsured

When it comes to understanding how the Affordable Care Act has affected Montanans, we reached the first major milestone — Jan. 1 when the first Montanans saw their coverage begin with the Montana Health Co-op — 4,570 enrollees with policies from Montana’s first and only health insurance co-o…

January 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Better reforms possible without Obamacare

My New Year’s resolution is to stop more Obamacare train wrecks.

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Montana clinics strive to cover the uninsured

Leaders of the Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, Montana Migrant Council and Planned Parenthood of Montana and RiverStone Health recently collaborated on a guest opinion that encouraged people check out the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Each organization has invested staff…

December 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Enroll by Dec. 23 for health coverage starting Jan. 1

If you’re needing a little more time to sign up for health insurance, consider it an early holiday gift: a one-week extension. People now have until Dec. 23 to enroll in a health insurance plan for coverage that begins on New Year’s Day.

December 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Legislator wants new health insurance option

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A senior Wyoming state lawmaker announced Monday he will push to change state law to allow people who are losing health care coverage that doesn't meet the standards of the federal Affordable Care Act to get state coverage.

December 16, 2013 5:29 pmLoading…

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