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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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