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'Obamacare' court ruling has no impact on Montana

HELENA — For nearly 31,500 Montanans who bought subsidized health insurance on the new, online “marketplace” this year, Tuesday’s federal appeals court rulings on the issue won’t change anything for now, the state’s top insurance official said.

July 22, 2014 5:33 pmLoading…
Ad Watch: Daines' ad goes after Walsh on debt

Ad Watch: Daines' ad goes after Walsh on debt

Editor’s note: “Ad Watch” is an ongoing series that examines and fact-checks current TV campaign ads in Montana. This week, it looks at competing ads from U.S. Senate candidates Steve Daines and John Walsh.

May 10, 2014 12:00 am Video

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Ad Watch: Walsh ad claims he cut cost of Obamacare

Ad Watch: Walsh ad claims he cut cost of Obamacare

Editor’s note: “Ad Watch” is an ongoing series that examines and fact-checks current TV campaign ads in Montana. This week, it looks at competing ads from U.S. Senate candidates Steve Daines and John Walsh.

May 10, 2014 12:00 am Video

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Lindeen’s office to examine Obamacare marketplace numbers, impact

HELENA — State Auditor Monica Lindeen, whose office regulates insurance, said Thursday the latest enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act don’t tell the whole story, and that she’ll be taking a closer look.

May 01, 2014 5:57 pmLoading…
36,000 Montanans gained insurance through Affordable Care Act

36,000 Montanans gained insurance through Affordable Care Act

HELENA — Nearly 36,600 Montanans are covered by individual health insurance policies they selected through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace, federal health officials reported Thursday.

May 01, 2014 1:54 pm Related Loading…
Interactive: Impact of Obamacare on the states

Interactive: Impact of Obamacare on the states

An overview of the impact the Affordable Care Act has had on the states.

April 28, 2014 10:00 am

HEALTH MATTERS: ACA should bring 2 health care systems together

The Affordable Care Act, which has already made changes in the way Americans buy health insurance, is also changing the relationship between two health care systems. Public health and medical health care have traditionally worked as two separate systems. The Affordable Care Act brings them t…

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Court clears initiative opposing Medicaid expansion

HELENA — The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an attempt to block state officials from approving petitions for an initiative prohibiting Montana from using funds or staff to administer the Affordable Care Act and forbidding the state from expanding Medicaid.

April 02, 2014 9:10 pmLoading…

Wyoming health insurers report surge in activity

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Health insurance signups through the federal exchange have increased in Wyoming ahead of Monday's deadline to join or face penalties, according to representatives of the two insurers providing coverage in the state.

March 31, 2014 12:33 pmLoading…
Montana enrollment surges as insurance deadline nears

Montana enrollment surges as insurance deadline nears

HELENA — A surge of Montanans scrambling to sign up for health insurance reached its peak with Monday's deadline, and insurers said that rush could be enough to meet federal officials' original goal of 31,000 people enrolled through the nation's health care overhaul law.

March 31, 2014 11:56 am Related Loading…

ACA's individual mandates have plenty of exceptions

HELENA — One of the most controversial parts of “Obamacare” is its requirement that all Americans buy or have health insurance this year, or face a tax penalty — but, for many, the requirement may not apply.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Obamacare deadline: What does it mean?

HELENA — With just two weeks until the “Obamacare” deadline for Americans to get health insurance or possibly face a tax penalty, enrollment specialist Kristi Scott has some advice for her fellow Montanans: Don’t wait until the last minute.

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Obamacare signups creep upward in February, but they're still pretty low

HELENA — The number of Montanans who signed up for health insurance policies through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace rose by 4,000 in February, increasing the total to about 22,500 since the website began in October, federal officials said Tuesday.

March 11, 2014 5:33 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Ailing Obamacare will fail within 3 years

Since 1990, culminating with Obamacare, progressives progressively destroyed health insurance. How? By switching definitions. Old definition: Insurance is fixed, smaller payments to protect yourself from future potential unforeseen catastrophic events. The potential future loss multiplied by…

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Competing Obamacare initiatives approved for signature gathering – but one challenged already

HELENA – State election officials Monday approved for signature gathering two diametrically opposed voter initiatives on Obamacare in Montana -- but one is already in the legal crosshairs.

March 10, 2014 8:03 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Dig beneath sound bites on Obamacare

People have had their health insurance canceled. They’ve lost their doctors. They have to pay for services they’ll never use. They’re forced to buy insurance they don’t want.

March 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Obama should read Constitution

The Feb. 16 opinion section of The Gazette had a letter from Vern Klingman. I must to opine.

February 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Get past the rhetoric, find out about the ACA

As a bankruptcy attorney, I deal with many on the ragged edge of financial disaster. In the vast majority of cases, these unfortunate people did nothing to cause their distress except their need for medical care without insurance. This scourge cuts across all economic and social classes. Oft…

February 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Montana signups for online Obamacare policies continue to increase

HELENA – Another 5,500 Montanans signed up for health insurance via the state’s on-line “Obamacare” marketplace in January, federal officials reported Wednesday, increasing the total to about 18,600.

February 12, 2014 9:22 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

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