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Guest opinion: America can raise a tobacco-free generation

Here’s a sobering statistic about the tobacco epidemic – a battle many Americans think is already won: If we continue at current smoking rates, 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. That’s one in 13 kids gone too early due to an entirely preventable c…

February 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Americans will be healthier with Jan. 1 insurance reforms

As we wish our friends and family a happy, healthy New Year, these words have renewed meaning in 2014.

December 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Kim Gillan tapped as regional director of U.S. Dept. of Health, Human Services

Kim Gillan tapped as regional director of U.S. Dept. of Health, Human Services

HELENA — A former Montana legislator and congressional candidate was named Wednesday as regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — the agency in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act.

December 04, 2013 1:34 pm

Gazette opinion: Obamacare's rapidly declining health

You probably know that old saw about perception and reality — that perception often becomes reality, regardless of truth.

November 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Affordable Care Act offers better options for better care

This January, millions of Americans will ring in the New Year with the security and peace-of-mind that has eluded them for decades: They will finally have quality health insurance.

September 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: What every small business needs to know about ACA

Every day, America’s small-business owners overcome incredible challenges to pursue their dreams. But over the years, most have confronted one challenge beyond their control: the rapidly rising price of health coverage. As a result, many businesses have struggled to find health insurance tha…

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Baucus explains 'train wreck' comment on health care

Baucus explains 'train wreck' comment on health care

HELENA — Sen. Max Baucus, a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, said Thursday that his “train wreck” comment about the health-care law’s implementation was not a condemnation of the law.

April 18, 2013 6:46 pm Related Loading…
Sen. Baucus sees 'train wreck' for health law rollout

Sen. Baucus sees 'train wreck' for health law rollout

WASHINGTON — A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Barack Obama's health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it's headed for a "train wreck" because of bumbling implementation.

April 17, 2013 3:33 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama making peace on contraception coverage

WASHINGTON — America's Big Religious War ended on Friday. Or at least it ought to.

February 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Is U.S. taming the health care cost monster?

WASHINGTON — Are we finally controlling health spending? Few issues loom larger in the economic outlook. For years, spiraling health costs — mainly for Medicare and Medicaid, which serve the elderly and the poor — have consumed a growing share of the federal budget. Meanwhile, rapid increase…

January 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Agreement boosts access for American Indian vets

WASHINGTON — Native American military veterans will be able to access health care closer to home thanks to an agreement between the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

December 06, 2012 3:00 pm Related Loading…
Gov. Mead: Wyoming will miss health law deadline

Gov. Mead: Wyoming will miss health law deadline

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead announced Thursday that Wyoming won't meet a pending deadline under the federal health care reform law to specify whether the state intends to establish a health insurance exchange — an online marketplace that would offer the public one-stop shopping for health insurance.

September 06, 2012 3:32 pmLoading…

Schweitzer opens new Montana employee clinic

HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer promised Thursday at the launch of a new state government employee health clinic that the program will improve care and save money.

August 30, 2012 3:10 pmLoading…
Mead expresses grave concerns over Medicaid expansion

Mead expresses grave concerns over Medicaid expansion

CASPER — Gov. Matt Mead has "grave concerns" about the financial impact of expanding Medicaid in Wyoming, he wrote in a letter sent Thursday to the Obama administration's top health official.

July 19, 2012 5:14 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Much at stake for Montana in Affordable Care Act

As the House of Representatives prepares to hold another vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, it’s easy to dismiss the effort as political theater. But for millions of Americans who rely on the law’s benefits and protections, the devastating effects of repeal would be all too real. Her…

July 11, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Montanans in line to receive rebate because of health care law

Some 25,353 Montanans are scheduled to receive an average rebate of $194 by Aug. 1 because of the health reform law.

June 28, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…

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.

June 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Big Timber hospital CEO attends White House meeting

The CEO of Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber attended a meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

April 30, 2012 5:30 pmLoading…

Health Matters: Home-visit program helps parents, kids

The Maternal Child Health home visitation program through RiverStone Health offers a variety of family-focused services to pregnant women and families with infants and young kids.

April 17, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Affordable Care Act helps 15,388 Montana Medicare recipients

As the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, new data shows that 15,388 Medicare beneficiaries in Montana saved a total of $9,710,741 on prescription drugs because of the new health care law, according to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and H…

March 20, 2012 3:36 pmLoading…

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