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Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

HELENA — Business owners, including a Republican state senator, turned out Friday to support a plan by Democratic state Auditor Monica Lindeen to extend and possibly expand a program helping more than 1,100 small businesses pay for employee health coverage.

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Medicaid expansion: Wyomingites say they're delaying doctor appointments, making payments to hospitals without coverage

Medicaid expansion: Wyomingites say they're delaying doctor appointments, making payments to hospitals without coverage

CASPER, Wyo. — They walk around with poor vision, pray that a sore throat doesn’t turn into strep and routinely visit emergency rooms.

January 20, 2015 7:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: VITA offers free tax help, answers ACA questions

Tax season is upon us and this year many folks are feeling particularly anxious about implications with the Affordable Health Care Act. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps thousands of Montana residents every year with free tax preparation. This year those volunteer tax prepare…

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Bill allows counties to join Wyoming employees' insurance plan

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming counties struggling to provide health insurance to employees could be afforded an alternative with a bill that would allow them to join the state employees’ group insurance plan.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Health insurance marketplace deadline approaches

HEALTH MATTERS: Health insurance marketplace deadline approaches

Even if you’re in perfect health, having health insurance is vital. A misstep on an icy driveway can cause a broken ankle or wrist. Putting off a routine cancer screening is like playing Russian roulette with your health.

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Blue Cross paying $1 million penalty for complaints about service

HELENA — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, the state’s largest private health insurer, agreed Thursday to pay a $1 million penalty for a raft of customer-service complaints and problems handled by state regulators.

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Health forum participants rally for expanding Medicaid

Health forum participants rally for expanding Medicaid

HELENA — The fate of a proposal for the state to provide health coverage for 70,000 low-income people rests with legislators after Gov. Steve Bullock vowed to ask the Montana Legislature to accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

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Program set to educate public on health insurance

Billings Clinic is holding a free informational program called “Nine things you need to know about health insurance.” A panel including Dr. Heidi Duncan, physician director of health policy; Becky Kelly, director of payer relations; and Jan Hoy, payer relations associate, will present and an…

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Billings Clinic hosts health insurance informational program

Billings Clinic will host a free program called “Nine things you need to know about health insurance" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Mary Alice Fortin Health Conference Center at the Clinic.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Open enrollment for health care starts Nov. 15

HEALTH MATTERS: Open enrollment for health care starts Nov. 15

If you’re among the nearly one in five Montanans who are uninsured, the Affordable Care Act changes how you buy health insurance, when you buy it and what you buy.

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Guest opinion: GOP needs to support funding for better public health

Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …

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Billings City Council to explore offering city employees health care choice

With an eye toward offering city employees choice in who provides their medical care, the Billings City Council will be taking a look at how health care provider contracts are devised and agreed upon.

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County rescinds blood draw surcharge after unions object

A proposed surcharge on Yellowstone County employees who failed to participate in a health fair blood draw backfired this week after two unions objected.

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Feds again funding 'navigators' to encourage signups for subsidized health insurance

Feds again funding 'navigators' to encourage signups for subsidized health insurance

HELENA — The federal government is again funding “navigators” in Montana to help the uninsured buy private, subsidized health coverage this fall — with a new emphasis on Native American consumers.

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At airport, Matheson struggling to find package handlers

At airport, Matheson struggling to find package handlers

With 5,000 packages daily and rising coming through Billings Logan International Airport, officials at Matheson Flight Extenders say they need more help.

September 22, 2014 4:39 pm Photos

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Feds announce $600K in grants to Wyoming navigators

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming citizens searching for health insurance in the federal marketplace will continue to receive assistance from the state’s two navigator organizations, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced renewed grant funding for the Cowboy State.

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RiverStone sets free info sessions on health insurance

More than 30,000 Montanans who didn’t have insurance at the start of this year, are now covered by health insurance. RiverStone Health is offering free, hourlong sessions to help newly insured individuals who may be confused by insurance jargon or by their healthcare choices. 

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Bullock administration enacts hefty 2015 rate increases for state employee health plan

HELENA — The Bullock administration has approved rate increases of 15 percent to 27 percent and lower benefits for the 2015 state employee health plan, which covers 16,000 state employees and retirees.

September 03, 2014 5:05 pmLoading…
2015 health-insurance policies on Obamacare exchanges won’t increase much

2015 health-insurance policies on Obamacare exchanges won’t increase much

HELENA — Prices for 2015 health insurance policies sold on Montana’s federal online “marketplace” will increase only 1.35 percent, on average, state Auditor Monica Lindeen said Wednesday.

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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.

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