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.
HELENA — Unlike former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Gov. Steve Bullock didn’t have a ceremony in front of the Capitol to symbolically veto bills with specially made branding irons.
For the past several months, The Billings Gazette has reported “State of Despair,” an in-depth series on suicide in Montana. Reporter Cindy Uken has told the stories of Montanans who have lost loved ones to suicide, and Montanans who are working to prevent this leading cause of death in our state.
HELENA — It took three tries Friday, but Republicans on a House budget panel finally voted to cut from the state health budget $4.6 million in federal family-planning funds, part of which go to Planned Parenthood of Montana.
Go to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority website and you’ll see an online application for the state’s Medicaid program.
HELENA — Some mid-sized hospitals are asking the Montana Legislature to protect them from competition from bigger hospitals and health care systems, saying the competition could undercut their mission to provide basic care to their respective communities.
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.