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Guest opinion: Montana should invest in federalism

The American experiment of federalism, and the proper role of the states versus the federal government, continues to evolve. Even though many of us are cautiously optimistic after this election that the federal government will improve, given the federal government's past inability to properl…

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Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

HELENA — A leading Republican lawmaker Tuesday unveiled his proposal to revamp and expand Medicaid coverage for the poor in Montana — but said it wouldn’t accept additional federal dollars offered to the states under Obamacare.

September 23, 2014 8:30 pmLoading…
Guest opinion: Why House debates matter to Montanans

Guest opinion: Why House debates matter to Montanans

Debates are a proud part of the Montana tradition and I intend to put myself out there for folks to judge whether I meet their high standards. In an era of unprecedented campaign spending, debates remain a bastion for the free exchange of ideas where voters can size up the candidates out in …

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Gazette opinion: All Montanans deserve right care at right time

Gazette opinion: All Montanans deserve right care at right time

Whether they like it or loathe, Montanans are talking about Medicaid in this election year.

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House kills Labor Committee Medicaid bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming House has shot down a bill to expand the state's Medicaid program.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Ignoring aging costs may end government as we know it

WASHINGTON — Something strange is happening in Washington. We are slowly dismantling the federal government, even as its spending is growing larger. The paradox is that governmental competence is being systematically degraded while the government’s size, as measured by its budget, is increas…

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13K Montanans sign up through federal health site

HELENA — The number of Montanans who signed up for health coverage through the online marketplace that is a key part of President Barack Obama's health overhaul increased nearly tenfold in December, according to new federal health data released Monday.

January 13, 2014 3:51 pm

Robert J. Samuelson: Will U.S. health costs continue slowing?

WASHINGTON — Call it the $2.8 trillion enigma. That’s what Americans spent on health care in 2012. The good news is that health spending slowed unexpectedly for the fourth consecutive year. The enigma is that no one really knows why. Despite many theories, there’s no expert consensus.

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2014 Look Ahead: Medicaid expansion faces tough road in Wyoming – again

No one disputes Wyoming could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid to roughly 17,000 uninsured residents.

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Mead: Medicaid decision not political

CHEYENNE — The two Democrats on the state Legislature's 12-member Joint Appropriations Committee questioned on Monday Gov. Matt Mead's recommendation against expanding the Medicaid program to cover about 16,000 uninsured residents.

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E.J. Dionne Jr: Kentucky shows how Obama's bigger ideas can work

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The debate over the Affordable Care Act can stay small, focusing on website failures and other short-term difficulties facing the law. Or it can get bigger, with wider insurance coverage seen as part of a larger struggle for social justice in a nation growing steadily less equal.

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Wyoming Democrats blast Mead on Medicaid

The chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party on Monday blasted Gov. Matt Mead’s decision against recommending the Wyoming Legislature expand Medicaid.

December 03, 2013 8:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Mentally ill Montanans struggle without Medicaid

On Jan. 1, this column called attention to the urgent need for affordable, accessible, high-quality mental health care for all Montanans.

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Cheney camp: Senator didn't do enough to fight Obamacare

CASPER, Wyo. — Obamacare is the crux of a new radio and TV ad campaign sponsored by Wyoming’s Own, a super PAC supporting Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

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Wyoming insurance chief: Costs high but help available

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Wyoming's insurance commissioner says health insurance costs in the state are among the highest in the nation but most residents will qualify for tax credits toward premiums.

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Legislator proposes delaying license for new Casper hospital to gauge ACA impact

LANDER — Wyoming would wait until 2015 to license a new Casper hospital, giving officials time to gauge the Affordable Care Act’s overall effect on the state, according to a proposal floated Monday by state Rep. Elaine Harvey.

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Mental-health services in Billings grab Gov. Bullock's attention

Mental-health services in Billings grab Gov. Bullock's attention

The waiting lists for new clients seeking mental-health care in Eastern Montana keep growing and growing.

October 28, 2013 7:13 am Photos



Robert J. Samuelson: Political fallout: Obamacare backfires on everyone

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) turns out to represent dreadful miscalculations by both the president and his Republican adversaries. Doubtlessly, Barack Obama imagined that achieving something close to “universal” health insurance would guarantee his legacy. It would make h…

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Montana insurance commissioner on health exchange: 'I told you so'

Montana insurance commissioner on health exchange: 'I told you so'

HELENA — State insurance commissioner Monica Lindeen told lawmakers Tuesday she’s getting no answers from federal officials on when Montana’s online health insurance “marketplace” will work — and she’s not happy about it.

October 22, 2013 3:38 pm Photos


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St. Vincent Healthcare offers Affordable Care Act education and enrollment fairs

St. Vincent Healthcare offers Affordable Care Act education and enrollment fairs

St. Vincent Healthcare is aggressively reaching out to help uninsured Montanans gain access to health insurance because it is in the hospital’s best interest, said Jason Barker, president and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare.

October 10, 2013 7:30 am Video Photos


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