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Senate postpones Medicaid expansion vote

Senate postpones Medicaid expansion vote

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming senators are heading home for the weekend without a final decision on Medicaid expansion.

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Lawmakers push Mead administration's Medicaid expansion bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing an alternative to a pending Medicaid expansion bill that critics say would risk rejection by federal regulators.

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Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

HELENA — In an unusual turn at the Legislature last week, three “whistleblower” state workers showed up in Helena to allege serious problems with the state’s processes to verify and approve welfare benefits.

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GOP bill: Hire outside vendor to check for welfare fraud

GOP bill: Hire outside vendor to check for welfare fraud

HELENA — A Republican state senator from Billings Wednesday presented a key piece of GOP plans to reform Medicaid and public-assistance programs in Montana: A bill to hire an outside contractor to verify the eligibility of welfare applicants.

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Lawmaker questions increased costs of Medicaid expansion alternative

Lawmaker questions increased costs of Medicaid expansion alternative

CHEYENNE — One of the key backers of a Senate bill to expand Wyoming’s Medicaid program is dismissing estimates that the bill would require higher administrative costs than the plan favored by Gov. Matt Mead.

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Medicaid expansion: Wyomingites say they're delaying doctor appointments, making payments to hospitals without coverage

Medicaid expansion: Wyomingites say they're delaying doctor appointments, making payments to hospitals without coverage

CASPER, Wyo. — They walk around with poor vision, pray that a sore throat doesn’t turn into strep and routinely visit emergency rooms.

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Subpoenaed welfare workers criticize verification system

Subpoenaed welfare workers criticize verification system

HELENA — The accuracy of Montana’s welfare system came under the microscope Monday at the Legislature, spotlighted by rare, under-oath testimony from state workers subpoenaed by Republican legislative leaders.

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Citizens urge legislative committee to expand Medicaid

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A range of citizens and professional groups urged Wyoming lawmakers on Monday to accept federal money to expand the federal Medicaid program to offer health insurance to thousands of low-income adults in the state.

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Huge gap exists between governor, GOP's Medicaid expansion proposals

Huge gap exists between governor, GOP's Medicaid expansion proposals

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock Monday rolled out his administration’s bill to accept federal money to provide health coverage for 70,000 low-income Montanans, saying it’s time to give the proposal “an up-or-down vote.”

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What's coming up in the Legislature: Medicaid, welfare, taxes, utilities, parole board

What's coming up in the Legislature: Medicaid, welfare, taxes, utilities, parole board

HELENA — The 2015 Legislature kicks into full gear this week, with a packed calendar of hearings and events. Issues topping the agenda include welfare, the state parole board, taxes and utilities.

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GOP House committee chairs subpoena welfare workers

GOP House committee chairs subpoena welfare workers

HELENA — Republican chairmen of two Montana House committees have taken the unusual step of issuing subpoenas to state welfare workers to look into allegations that the Bullock administration is qualifying people for welfare benefits without proper verification.

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Democratic senator: To solve mental health, expand Medicaid

Democratic senator: To solve mental health, expand Medicaid

HELENA — If the Legislature really wants to solve Montana’s mental health care crisis, a simple solution exists, a Democratic state senator said Thursday: expand Medicaid.

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Medicaid expansion supporters, opponents offer mixed reaction to State of State

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On the Wyoming Hospital Association’s website, a ticker shows, second by second, the amount of federal funding Wyoming has foregone by not expanding Medicaid.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Health insurance marketplace deadline approaches

HEALTH MATTERS: Health insurance marketplace deadline approaches

Even if you’re in perfect health, having health insurance is vital. A misstep on an icy driveway can cause a broken ankle or wrist. Putting off a routine cancer screening is like playing Russian roulette with your health.

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Legislative Republicans' Medicaid plan would not accept federal cash

Legislative Republicans' Medicaid plan would not accept federal cash

HELENA — Legislative Republicans Wednesday unveiled their proposals to expand health coverage for low-income Montanans — but it does not include accepting new federal money that would cover 70,000 additional people.

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Health care leaders skeptical of Medicaid expansion alternative

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming health industry leaders are skeptical of an alternative Medicaid plan advanced by the interim health committee in December.

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Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

MISSOULA — Montana Republicans will hit the ground running next week when the 2015 Legislature convenes in Helena, and while they agree with the state’s Democratic governor on several points, the similarities quickly diverge.

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Battle over Medicaid expansion in Wyoming carries into 2015

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming medical professionals took small steps toward capturing federal health care funding, streamlining the medical industry, cutting employers’ health insurance costs and providing consumer transparency in 2014.

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Gazette opinion: Disabled Montanans wait for life-changing services

Gazette opinion: Disabled Montanans wait for life-changing services

Suppose 880 Montana adults and 90 Montana children showed up in the Capitol rotunda and demanded the job training and therapy they have been denied because our state rations those life-changing services.

December 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Wyoming lawmakers advance Medicaid expansion proposal

CHEYENNE — A plan to extend health coverage to thousands of low-income Wyoming residents cleared a major hurdle Tuesday.

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