CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming senators are heading home for the weekend without a final decision on Medicaid expansion.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing an alternative to a pending Medicaid expansion bill that critics say would risk rejection by federal regulators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming health industry leaders are skeptical of an alternative Medicaid plan advanced by the interim health committee in December.
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.
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.
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.
CHEYENNE — A plan to extend health coverage to thousands of low-income Wyoming residents cleared a major hurdle Tuesday.