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Health Policy

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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Report shows 27% of local adults are obese, 32% of kids live in single-parent households

Report shows 27% of local adults are obese, 32% of kids live in single-parent households

Yellowstone County is a less healthy place to live than it was last year, two years ago and even three years ago, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings, one of the most reputable rankings in the nation.

April 04, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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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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Alliance for Healthy Montanans to host legislative forum

The public is welcome to join legislators, community leaders and health policy advocates at 7 a.m. Tuesday as they discuss issues affecting the health and well-being of Montana families. 

November 20, 2012 7:49 pmLoading…

Montana ranks 50th in immunization coverage

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

August 17, 2012 9:45 pmLoading…

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.

June 13, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
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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David Ignatius: Supreme Court can't stop health care revolution

WASHINGTON — Listening to the lawyers talking nonstop last week about health care gave me a headache, so I decided to consult one of the nation’s top doctors. He offered a real-world diagnosis of what’s happening in health care — and a reminder of how much it’s changing, regardless of what t…

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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.

February 10, 2012 9:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana care changing to keep people healthier

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 …

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Gazette opinion: Health centers deliver better care for less money

The federal government last month announced a three-year $45 million Medicare pilot program to determine how well the “patient-centered medical home” lowers cost and improves quality of patient care. The pilot is supposed to involve 500 teams of health care professionals nationwide and up to…

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Anderson's legacy; 'I served the people'

Anderson's legacy; 'I served the people'

On June 30 — after 35 years in public health — Lil Anderson, president and CEO of RiverStone Health and RiverStone Health Clinic since 1992, will walk out the door and into a life of retirement.

June 15, 2011 10:45 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Community Health Centers on D.C. chopping block

Some of our most effective, low cost health care is about to get cut, costing our state more money and affecting those with the least access to care in Montana. Don’t let that happen! Rep. Dennis Rehberg needs to hear your thoughts.

March 06, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

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