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Gazette opinion: Montana succeeds in covering needy kids

Gazette opinion: Montana succeeds in covering needy kids

To fully appreciate what Healthy Montana Kids has accomplished, remember the way things used to be:

July 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Montana foundation to have more than $150M, but still on the hook for old Blue Cross liabilities

HELENA — The foundation funded by the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana to a Chicago insurance giant eventually will have more than $150 million in assets to fund millions of dollars each year in health care programs, officials say.

April 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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…

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Bullock announces NCAA bracket pool for American Cancer Society

Bullock announces NCAA bracket pool for American Cancer Society

HELENA — Wearing sneakers with his suit, Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday said the state is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to fight cancer during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament over the next three weeks. 

March 18, 2014 6:16 pmLoading…

Fiscal-cliff deal axes future health co-op funding

HELENA – Deep within the “fiscal cliff” deal approved by Congress this week was a cut few people expected or knew of: Axing federal funds for new, nonprofit health insurance cooperatives.

January 04, 2013 8:03 pmLoading…

What is a health co-op, and how does it work?

HELENA — Come 2014, Montana will have a new health insurance company, funded with $58 million in loaned seed money from the federal government.

February 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Montana Health Co-op, a new health insurer, to get $58M federal start-up loan

Montana Health Co-op, a new health insurer, to get $58M federal start-up loan

HELENA — The fledgling Montana Health Cooperative on Tuesday became one of the first co-ops in the nation to win a federal loan, which will provide $58 million toward setting up the new, member-owned health insurer for Montana individuals and businesses.

February 21, 2012 11:35 amLoading…

Unions seek to bar budget initiative from Montana ballot

HELENA -- A district judge on Thursday took competing motions under advisement in public employee unions' attempt to remove a 2012 ballot issue proposing to automatically return money to taxpayers if certain fiscal trigger are met.

February 16, 2012 6:15 pmLoading…

Montana health insurance co-op applies to feds for start-up funding loan

HELENA — Organizers of a new health insurance co-op that would offer coverage to Montana individuals and businesses have applied for a start-up loan from the federal government, a step they hope will enable them to start forming the business next year.

October 17, 2011 6:26 pmLoading…
Lawsuit targets tax refund ballot measure

Lawsuit targets tax refund ballot measure

HELENA -- Four labor unions and another group asked a state district judge on Wednesday to strike from the 2012 ballot a legislative referendum that, if passed, would return state tax revenue to taxpayers if a certain budget trigger is met.

October 05, 2011 5:30 pmLoading…

Montanans plan to form health insurance co-op, via federal reform law

HELENA — A group of Montanans, including formFer state Auditor John Morrison, plans to form a health insurance co-op that would provide a new coverage option for Montanans as member-customers.

June 05, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Blue Cross pricing of coverage for 'association' plans under fire in lawsuit

HELENA — A trio of Montana farmers who say Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana overcharged them for health insurance is asking a federal appeals court to allow state courts to resolve the issue.

May 17, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: House health reform bill would kill children’s health care

Sen. Max Baucus recently identified the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program as the most important national legislative achievement of the decade. The achievement is especially important in Montana, thanks to the creation of Healthy Montana Kids, the new plan that broad…

January 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Wife of former auditor working in auditor's office

HELENA - The wife of former State Auditor John Morrison has taken a job in the new auditor's office.

January 15, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

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