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On-site health clinics help keep costs down

On-site health clinics help keep costs down

It’s a tradition born in America’s industrial past, when miners, factory workers and their families lined up to visit the company doctor whenever they got sick. As part of an effort to rein in rising health costs, Billings School District 2 is the latest in a series of local employers to est…

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Medical marijuana provider gets probation sentence

HELENA — A judge has sentenced a Somers man to five years of probation for his role in a medical marijuana operation that was dismantled in a federal crackdown.

October 05, 2012 4:20 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana provider convicted of drug trafficking

Medical marijuana provider convicted of drug trafficking

HELENA — A jury on Thursday convicted a medical marijuana provider of drug trafficking and firearms charges, upholding the U.S. government's raids of state-regulated pot dispensaries in its first test at trial.

September 27, 2012 6:04 pmLoading…

Voters to get say after court's medical pot ruling

HELENA — Medical marijuana advocates said Wednesday it's now up to voters to repeal a state law aimed at stymieing the industry after the Montana Supreme Court ruled there is no constitutional right to access the drug.

September 12, 2012 4:00 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana cardholders increase slightly

Medical marijuana cardholders increase slightly

HELENA — For the first time in more than a year, the number of registered medical marijuana cardholders in Montana increased last month, although slightly.

August 08, 2012 9:35 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Montana slowly improves kids’ coverage

Four years ago, a coalition of children’s advocates successfully campaigned to establish Healthy Montana Kids, a plan to cover more of the state’s otherwise uninsured children. After voters approved the program, the 2009 Legislature eventually followed their directions, and Healthy Montana K…

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Gazette opinion: Court improves prognosis, but ACA still needs work

In Montana, where an estimated 175,000 people have no health insurance, last week’s Supreme Court decision provides a measure of certainty.

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Health care law helps 12,000 young Montanans get, keep health coverage

Some 12,000 young adults in Montana are covered by their parents’ medical insurance policies because of a provision in the 2010 health care law, according to figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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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.

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Marijuana repeal sponsor says he'd do it again

Marijuana repeal sponsor says he'd do it again

HELENA — Montana House Speaker Mike Milburn said Thursday he wouldn't change anything from the 2011 legislative session that saw his bill to repeal the state's medical marijuana law vetoed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

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Medical pot advocate, lobbyist makes plea deal

HELENA — One of Montana's foremost medical marijuana advocates and a longtime lobbyist will plead guilty to a federal drug charge.

April 12, 2012 5:15 pmLoading…

Medical marijuana providers suing government arrested

HELENA — Four of the six medical marijuana providers who are suing the U.S. government over last year's raids of pot businesses across Montana have been arrested on federal drug charges, their lawyer in the civil lawsuit said Tuesday.

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Affordable Care Act draws support, opposition on second anniversary

Affordable Care Act draws support, opposition on second anniversary

President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care reform is now 2 years old and the topic remains as polarizing today as it was when he signed the law.

March 24, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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Coalition plans forum on health exchanges

CASPER, Wyo. — Insurance exchanges are a key part of the federal effort to reform health care, but many employers still don’t understand how they work.

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Medical marijuana worker sentenced to 1 year

HELENA — A Kalispell man who worked at an Olney medical marijuana warehouse raided last year has been sentenced to a year in prison.

February 01, 2012 5:10 pmLoading…

Senior Medicare Patrol to hold orientation session

The Senior Medicare Patrol, a program funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, helps Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members and caregivers to actively protect themselves against health care fraud, waste and abuse. Program volunteers show beneficiaries how to review their Medi…

October 04, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Barrasso supports opt-out bill on Medicaid

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has joined South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in introducing a bill that would allow states to opt out of the Obama administration's Medicaid expansion.

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Guest opinion: High stakes for disabled Americans in Medicaid cuts

We don’t yet have a complete picture of what the proposal for deficit reduction that will come from the congressional supercommittee will look like, but the reports coming out of Washington look bleak. Many programs that assist persons with disabilities to live independent, productive lives …

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Community Health Fair scheduled for Thursday

A community health fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at RiverStone Health, 123 S. 27th St.

September 03, 2011 12:24 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Health care fight leaves U.S. behind in global competition

WASHINGTON — As if our political system was not having enough trouble already, we now confront the possibility that a highly partisan judiciary will undo a modest health care reform that is a first step toward resolving a slew of other difficulties.

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