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Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

HELENA — A leading Republican lawmaker Tuesday unveiled his proposal to revamp and expand Medicaid coverage for the poor in Montana — but said it wouldn’t accept additional federal dollars offered to the states under Obamacare.

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Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he expects to be ready to brief state lawmakers early next year about the best deal Wyoming could get from the federal government if the state agrees to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of low-income workers.

August 21, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…

SHIP Q and A: Time to start pre-enrollment planning for 2015

Your questions on Medicare and Medicaid answered by the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) — an objective, not-for-profit counseling, assistance and advocacy service sponsored by DPHHS of Montana and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Mental Health Center expands services to include adolescents for first time in 18 years

Mental Health Center expands services to include adolescents for first time in 18 years

For the first time since 1996, adolescents with mental health issues — and their families — will have access to counseling and psychiatric services through the Billings-based community mental health center.

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Home-health employers seek exemption to Obamacare regulations

HELENA — Next year, all large employers will be required to offer health insurance to their workers — and for health care firms that rely on government funding to provide services to the poor, that mandate poses a special problem.

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Montana, Xerox resolve Medicaid contract problems

HELENA — State officials have resolved a contract issue with Xerox Corp. over developing a new computer program for Medicaid payments.

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PLASTIC SURGERY: Should individual choices be regulated to curb health care costs?

PLASTIC SURGERY: Should individual choices be regulated to curb health care costs?

“What are you going to do after graduation, honey?”

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Wyoming drops several spots on child wellness report

Despite seeing improvements in multiple areas, Wyoming’s overall ranking on a national children’s well-being report dropped several spaces.

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'Woodwork effect' of Obamacare adds 6,000 people to Medicaid in Montana

'Woodwork effect' of Obamacare adds 6,000 people to Medicaid in Montana

HELENA — Montana is one of two dozen states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul — but it’s still added a higher-than-expected number of folks to this program that pays medical bills for the poor.

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Whatever happened to CHIP expansion? It succeeded – but is really the Medicaid expansion

Whatever happened to CHIP expansion? It succeeded – but is really the Medicaid expansion

HELENA — While the debate rages over whether Montana should expand Medicaid to cover low-income adults, a dramatic expansion of Medicaid and a related government health plan has already happened — to cover children.

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Auditor’s office: Net increase of 30,000 Montanans with health insurance

Auditor’s office: Net increase of 30,000 Montanans with health insurance

HELENA — Since the launch of the federal government’s online health insurance “marketplace” in Montana last October, a net 30,000 Montanans have gained new health coverage, the state auditor’s office said Tuesday. 

July 15, 2014 7:21 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: ACA benefits add up to healthy gains for Montanans

The Affordable Care Act is working and the evidence continues to mount.

July 13, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Economist: Rapid changes in health care mean jobs for Billings

Expanding Medicaid rolls would likely create thousands of jobs in the Billings area, but would also cost taxpayers millions, a University of Montana health care economist said in Billings Thursday.

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Gazette opinion: Years of waiting after disabled youth leave school

Parents of developmentally disabled Montanans probably left a recent legislative forum with more questions than answers.

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White House says Medicaid expansion would cover 16K Wyoming residents

CASPER, Wyo. — A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers released Wednesday found more than 16,000 Wyoming residents would gain coverage if the state were to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Montana says Xerox is in breach of Medicaid contract

HELENA — Missed deadlines and unfulfilled contract obligations by Xerox Corp. in developing a new computer program for Montana’s Medicaid payments have cost $12.8 million, and the state is considering ending the contract if the problems aren’t fixed soon, state health officials said.

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As cuts loom, parents are desperate for more disability funding

As cuts loom, parents are desperate for more disability funding

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Eight parents, including a state lawmaker, criticized the Wyoming Department of Health on Monday for changes it is making to the developmental disabilities waiver program, which they say will affect their children.

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Medicaid expansion initiative drive falls short; won’t be on November ballot

Medicaid expansion initiative drive falls short; won’t be on November ballot

HELENA — An initiative to expand Medicaid coverage to 70,000 low-income Montanans won’t be on the November ballot this year, as supporters Thursday said don’t have enough signatures to qualify Initiative 170 for the ballot.

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