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Montana Medicaid

Gazette opinion: Health care reform thrives close to home

Gazette opinion: Health care reform thrives close to home

A dozen new doctors ceremoniously donned white coats when Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first internal medicine residency last week.

July 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Ups and Downs:

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…

July 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: All Montanans deserve right care at right time

Gazette opinion: All Montanans deserve right care at right time

Whether they like it or loathe, Montanans are talking about Medicaid in this election year.

May 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Crisis center saves lives, money

Gazette opinion: Crisis center saves lives, money

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…

February 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Telemedicine law saves patients time, money

If you were ill and your personal physician advised consulting a medical specialist about your diagnosis, would you choose:

January 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Community action agenda for 2014

Gazette opinion: Community action agenda for 2014

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…

January 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Politics kept kids’ pilot from taking off

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.

May 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana Medicaid expanson nightmare looms

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…

May 08, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

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:

April 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Medicaid expansion is bad for Montanans' health

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…

March 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Let’s protect patient choice for telemedicine

Gazette opinion: Let’s protect patient choice for telemedicine

From Ekalaka to Plentywood to Eureka to Dillon, telemedicine eliminates the distance between Montana patients and their medical specialists.

February 17, 2013 12:10 am Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Getting more value from Medicaid money

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.

February 07, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Gallik's resignation prompts applicants for open state position

HELENA — A total of 16 people applied for the open job of state political practices commissioner by Friday’s deadline.

January 29, 2012 10:30 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Let's set record straight on Medicaid, family planning

Most Montanans ages 19 to 64 don’t qualify for the state Medicaid program — regardless of how poor they are.

October 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Rate adjustment good for budget, people

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.

August 03, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Medicaid cuts hit state economy with quadruple whammy

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.

July 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Look at community costs of state health cuts

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…

March 27, 2011 12:10 amLoading…
Health Improvement Program provides support, services for clients who need it most

Health Improvement Program provides support, services for clients who need it most

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.

November 15, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…

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