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Montana health department computer containing personal info hacked

HELENA — Hackers got into a state health department computer that contains huge amounts of personal data on public clients and state employees, state officials said Thursday, but there’s no indication yet that any information was stolen.

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Gazette opinion: State must stop growing gap in elder care payment

The 2013 Legislature heard the pleas from Montana health care providers who had gone for several years without increases in Medicaid rates, despite increases in actual costs of care.

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Number of people seeking treatment for heroin up sharply in Montana

Some states, including Montana, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative.

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Gazette opinion: Senator's case spotlights common crime

A state senator pleaded not guilty to felony assault on a minor. Jason Priest, R-Red Lodge, was charged in Carbon County District Court with throwing his 4-year-old daughter, causing the child to suffer a bump on the head when she hit the floor. Priest would face a maximum penalty of 5 years…

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Guest opinion: Gifts bridge distance for state mental patients

Guest opinion: Gifts bridge distance for state mental patients

Warm Springs is 107 miles from Bozeman, 248 miles from Billings, 255 miles from Lewistown and 392 from Miles City. Yet that tiny town is the site of Montana's only state-run psychiatric hospital.

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Breast cancer survival rate for American Indian women lower

The breast cancer rate for American Indians is nearly identical to the cancer rate for all Montanans. But the survival rate for American Indian women is lower.

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Gazette opinion: Community care best prescription for mental health

Fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act, a law that has helped millions of Americans leave or avoid confinement in state mental institutions.

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Gazette opinion: State grant averts crisis center crisis

When this column called for support of the Community Crisis Center two months ago, a crucial state grant was in question.

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Guest opinion: Recovery from mental and substance use disorders is possible

All around us in Montana, there are hundreds of people in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. They are contributing to our businesses, connecting with their families, and giving back to the community. Every day someone begins their journey of recovery.

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Statewide prevention conference speaker: Suicide a symptom of larger issue

The numbers alone don’t tell the whole story, just the worst of it.

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Seeds of discontent over House farm bill

Seeds of discontent over House farm bill

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and fellow Republicans passed a scaled-down farm bill Thursday that got a lukewarm reception from a broad spectrum of Montanans.

July 11, 2013 6:30 pm Photos



Gazette opinion: A crime-fighting team for Yellowstone County kids

Prosecuting crimes against children requires special skills and techniques that will gather evidence without causing further harm to the young victims.

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Gazette opinion: Restore Title X funds for healthier women, babies

Before they voted on accepting or rejecting federal funds for family planning services, Montana lawmakers on the subcommittee considering health care appropriations were reminded of the reasons why this program is good public policy:

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Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

Gazette opinion: Community agenda: Let's move Montana forward in 2013

On New Year's Day, The Billings Gazette editorial board looks forward to the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. Continuing a practice started several years ago, we present a community agenda, a short list of issues that we believe deserve attention in 2013. We believe our state …

January 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos


Montana ranks as 29th healthiest state, down three spots from 2011

Montana ranks as 29th healthiest state, down three spots from 2011

Montana has a high prevalence of binge drinking, a high rate of children in poverty and a high rate of occupational fatalities, making it less healthy than it was a year ago.

December 26, 2012 9:45 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Crisis Center needs support to sustain success

Gazette opinion: Crisis Center needs support to sustain success

On a corner of Billings' medical corridor, the Community Crisis Center welcomes everyone in need. People who come through its doors 24/7 have serious problems.

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Gazette opinion: 60-year Montana tradition: Give Gifts With A Lift

Mental health care has changed tremendously over six decades, particularly in the past 10. One thing that hasn’t changed at Montana State Hospital is a tradition of sharing the spirit of Christmas with patients.

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Gazette opinion: Closing a gap in child protection law

A year ago, The Billings Gazette told readers about a child sexual assault case that wasn’t reported to Yellowstone County law enforcement for more than a year after it was reported to state child protection authorities.

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Gazette opinion: Congress must pass Farm Bill by Christmas

Congress has blown every deadline for renewing the Farm Bill in a timely fashion. The delay is now an emergency because most farm programs, including disaster aid, expired Sept. 30 and producers don’t know what to expect next month or next year.

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