Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON — Has the monster of exploding health costs finally been slain? After five years of slow spending growth, it's tempting to think so.
Billings Clinic is holding a free informational program called “Nine things you need to know about health insurance.” A panel including Dr. Heidi Duncan, physician director of health policy; Becky Kelly, director of payer relations; and Jan Hoy, payer relations associate, will present and an…
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they'll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They'll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work.
The American experiment of federalism, and the proper role of the states versus the federal government, continues to evolve. Even though many of us are cautiously optimistic after this election that the federal government will improve, given the federal government's past inability to properl…
Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …
Montana Republican candidates show strong leads in U.S. Senate and House races, according to a poll released Friday by Montana State University Billings.
In 1965, almost half of America’s seniors had no health insurance. For the men and women who survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, retirement often meant insecurity and hopelessness. Our nation’s seniors reached their most medically vulnerable years with few, and sometimes no hea…
The Affordable Care Act is working and the evidence continues to mount.
Expanding Medicaid rolls would likely create thousands of jobs in the Billings area, but would also cost taxpayers millions, a University of Montana health care economist said in Billings Thursday.
A dozen new doctors ceremoniously donned white coats when Billings Clinic launched Montana’s first internal medicine residency last week.
New federal health insurance laws won’t be the job killers that critics fear, a U.S. Small Business Administration official said Thursday in Billings.
HELENA — A coalition of health care and business lobbies, state lawmakers and Gov. Steve Bullock’s office has been quietly discussing options to expand Medicaid in Montana, hoping to craft a compromise on the politically charged topic.
WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally.
Plane crashes make major headlines, but you never hear about the thousands of successful landings which happen every day because media focus on anomalies, and not the norm. Such has been the case with ACA “Obamacare” success stories.
One of my favorite Montana entrepreneurs is Wheat Montana’s Dean Folkvord. I’m not sure whether Dean voted for Barack Obama, but I doubt it. The thing about Dean though is he has a sharp pencil and he does what’s best for his business and his customers. That’s how Wheat Montana blazed the tr…
With the March 31 deadline fast approaching to sign up for the health insurance exchange in Montana and Wyoming on healthcare.gov, there is a blitz of editorials and ads by Affordable Care Act critics targeted to get young people not to sign up.
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…
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.
The only time a hotel clerk has had to tell Anna Whiting Sorrell to keep it down was the night that the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on Nov. 7, 2009.