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Guest opinion: Enroll by Dec. 23 for health coverage starting Jan. 1

If you’re needing a little more time to sign up for health insurance, consider it an early holiday gift: a one-week extension. People now have until Dec. 23 to enroll in a health insurance plan for coverage that begins on New Year’s Day.

December 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Insurance equals access to health care

On Oct. 1, the health insurance marketplace opened for business, which is great news for the nearly one in five Montanans who are uninsured. The marketplace, also referred to as the health insurance exchange, puts into practice a key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). It…

October 08, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Congress must stop cutting programs that prevent disease

Over the past few years, there’s been a push in this country to use our health care dollars more wisely. One way to do that is to shift the focus of our health-care spending from treating disease to preventing it. We could save millions of dollars — and millions of lives, too.

September 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Low-income Medicaid coverage makes sense for Montana

The Montana Legislature is debating legislation that would increase the number of our fellow citizens — especially low-income Montanans — that have access to health care insurance through Medicaid expansion. We can take meaningful steps to control health care costs and set policies that will…

March 27, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Lack of health insurance impacts a person's health

Reducing the number of Americans without health insurance is a major goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In Montana, about one of every five residents lacks health insurance.

January 15, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Public health delivers big return on investment

It is well known that the United States spends a lot of money on medical care — more than $8,000 for each man, woman and child, or about $2.6 trillion in 2010. What do we have to show for our investment? Because we spend twice as much on medical care as what the 14 wealthiest nations in the …

August 26, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Post-9/11 lessons help protect public health today

Our nation’s history is marked by a small number of events so significant that uttering a few words immediately moves our collective perception to vivid, shared and unifying memories. Consider these simple words and your reaction: One if by land, two if by sea; the Great Depression; Pearl Ha…

September 11, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

Health Matters: Mental health crisis a community problem

All of us face challenges in our lives. Some days, our challenges are minor and we solve them without a second thought. Other times, we end the day feeling bruised and battered.

March 06, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

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