To fully appreciate what Healthy Montana Kids has accomplished, remember the way things used to be:
A dozen new doctors ceremoniously donned white coats when Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first internal medicine residency last week.
Room to roam. With the bison population inside Yellowstone Park topping 4,600, the U.S. Department of Interior released a report identifying 20 possible bison relocation sites on federal lands in 10 states. However, it will be at least five years before any Yellowstone bison can be relocate…
Whether they like it or loathe, Montanans are talking about Medicaid in this election year.
South central Montana’s unusually cold, icy winter has been especially hard on the folks who arrive on foot and by patrol car every day and night at the Community Crisis Center. All have serious mental illnesses or chemical dependencies; most have both. More than 80 percent are homeless or o…
If you were ill and your personal physician advised consulting a medical specialist about your diagnosis, would you choose:
On New Year’s Day, The Billings Gazette editorial board looks ahead. We have discussed the challenges and opportunities 2014 may bring to our community and state. Here, for the consideration of our valued readers are our thoughts on areas that deserve attention and action over the next 12 mo…
A good idea for getting better value for Montana taxpayers and better care for seriously emotionally disturbed children fell victim to state politics this spring.
Maybe it was my catfishing trip with my buddy Wallace. Or maybe it was reading too many opinion editorials by my former Democrat legislative colleagues. At any rate, I was having one of those “night terror” dreams. I was flopping around in my bed like a catfish out of water. I was hearing th…
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:
Growing up in a Montana family of 14, my parents taught us most important life lessons. One lesson driven home repeatedly: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Such is the Obamacare deal. Everybody will be forced to buy health insurance, and that will magically mean better h…
From Ekalaka to Plentywood to Eureka to Dillon, telemedicine eliminates the distance between Montana patients and their medical specialists.
The state’s biggest health care program isn’t a savvy shopper. Montana Medicaid generally pays a preset rate for services, regardless of the quality of that service. There’s little monetary incentive for health care providers to deliver better care.
HELENA — A total of 16 people applied for the open job of state political practices commissioner by Friday’s deadline.
Most Montanans ages 19 to 64 don’t qualify for the state Medicaid program — regardless of how poor they are.
After hearing protests from Montanans who provide Medicaid-paid assisted living care for elderly and disabled individuals, the Schweitzer administration has reduced planned rate cuts.
On Thursday in Helena, the state health department will hold another public hearing on the rates Medicaid will pay doctors over the next two years to care for low-income elderly and disabled adults, indigent children and some of their parents.
Last year, nursing homes across Montana lost, on average, $7.47 a day for every Medicaid patient in their care because Medicaid pays, on average, less than what it costs to provide 24-hour skilled nursing care. That figure comes from an annual report prepared for the Montana Department of Pu…
At 99,600 people and counting, Montana Medicaid, the state-federal program that pays medical bills for the disabled and those who can't afford to, has reached unprecedented levels of service.