House Human Services Committee
The debate this week in Helena about offering Medicaid coverage to Montanans making less than $15,400 a year should be about reform and jobs.
Billings-area residents living at or near the poverty level desperately need the improved medical access offered by Medicaid expansion, RiverStone Health officials told Montana’s governor Thursday.
HELENA — Two Democratic state senators Tuesday dropped in a pair of new bills to extend federally funded Medicaid health coverage to an additional 70,000 low-income Montanans, saying the controversial issue should be debated in the Senate.
HELENA — So far, the 2013 Legislature appears to be no more receptive to medical marijuana than the 2011 session was.
HELENA — The debate over medical marijuana that dominated much of the 2011 Legislature was rekindled Wednesday before a House committee — and before a much smaller crowd.
HELENA — Some mid-sized hospitals are asking the Montana Legislature to protect them from competition from bigger hospitals and health care systems, saying the competition could undercut their mission to provide basic care to their respective communities.
HELENA — The House gave final approval Tuesday to a major medical marijuana bill and sent it back to the Senate.
HELENA -- Over Democrats' objections about making a rushed decision, a House committee on Wednesday night heavily amended and then pushed out a bill to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law and impose tougher restrictions than the original bill required.
HELENA — Legislative officials agreed Friday to a Gazette State Bureau request to release the names of all legislators accepting health insurance benefits from the state, revealing that all but seven of the 150 lawmakers chose to receive the health benefits, worth up to $733 a month.
HELENA — The Senate Finance Committee will resume deliberation Monday morning on House Bill 2, the major appropriations bill for state government. It meets in Room 317 at 8 a.m.
HELENA — Assisted suicide, medical marijuana and more attempts to block health-care reform are among the items on tap this week at the Montana Legislature.
Bills to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Montana have failed in the past two state legislative sessions, despite widespread support from pharmacists, law enforcement and doctors.