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‘Montana Ave at North 26th St. looking East, June 12, 1937.’ Crosby’s Studio photograph. The flood of 1937 devastated Billings. A new conservation project on the West End is being designed to prevent a similar disaster.

July 23, 2014 1:21 pm

Guest opinion: Made in Montana ideas ensure ACA will work for families

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…

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: House health reform bill would kill children’s health care

Sen. Max Baucus recently identified the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program as the most important national legislative achievement of the decade. The achievement is especially important in Montana, thanks to the creation of Healthy Montana Kids, the new plan that broad…

January 12, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: GOP senators try to repeal voters' law for kids' health

When Montanans went to the polls in November they passed the Healthy Montana Kids Initiative, I-155, by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent. This landslide mandate for covering Montana's uninsured kids clearly and indisputably resolved an issue that the Legislature had wrestled with for yea…

April 15, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Support initiative for state's children's health

In these hard times, the voters of Montana will be offered a chance to make life a little better for the state's children. Initiative 155 - the Healthy Montana Kids Plan - will be on the ballot on Nov. 4. If passed, it will provide urgently needed coverage for nearly all uninsured children b…

October 25, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Ensure that Montana kids get health care

Last spring, I met a little girl named Emily who needs new glasses because of a progressive vision problem, but her family can't afford them and she has no health insurance. It was a story I've heard too many times from too many Montanans.

October 04, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Right Iraq plan can reunite Americans

The past two months were the deadliest to date for U.S. troops in the four-year-old Iraq war. And the president recently announced in the Rose Garden that he expects it to get worse: "It could be bloody, it could be a very difficult August … We can expect more American and Iraqi casualties."

June 15, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Investments in health IT save lives, money

Health insurance and Medicare are buckling under the weight of rising health care costs. Their future depends on controlling these costs. There is no better single step we can take toward this end than the widespread adoption of electronic health information technology (HIT). It will revolut…

April 18, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Let state seek innovations to cover uninsured

Not long ago, Nikki Glynos-Wolford from the Montana Wellness Center checked into Kalispell Regional Hospital to give birth to her first child. There were complications, and the medical bills piled up fast. Fortunately, Nikki and her family had health insurance that saved them from bankruptcy…

January 25, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: America should follow Montana's lead on health care reform

Today, more than 44 million Americans have no health insurance. Here in Montana, one in five of our friends and neighbors is uninsured. Earlier this month, I was honored to lead a number of Cover the Uninsured Week events to highlight this terrible problem. 

June 06, 2005 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: State must act to end crisis of the uninsured

One in five Montanans have no health insurance. None at all.

January 11, 2005 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Expand health coverage, not bureaucracy

Every day my office hears from hard-working Montanans who are underinsured or uninsured simply because they can't afford health insurance. About 175,000 Montanans don't have health care coverage. Montanans deserve quality, affordable health care. The high health care cost dilemma is widespre…

May 09, 2004 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Invest in Montana with CHIP expansion

More than 33,000 children in this state do not have basic health insurance, therefore their health-care costs often go unpaid. In 2001, the hospitals that serve 12 counties in south-central Montana lost $37.4 million in unpaid bills and charity care. Typically, those unpaid costs are shifted…

August 11, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Consumers do poorly in Legislative session

The state auditor's office brought a common-sense consumer-protection agenda to the 2003 Legislature. While some important consumer protection measures became law, others were defeated by an aggressive and influential insurance lobby. Overall, consumer interests did not fare well in the 2003…

May 15, 2003 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: No-call legislation would give consumers a choice

It is almost as reliable as the sun setting in the west, and it happens about the same time that sunset does. The phone rings.

November 23, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Montana securities regulation under attack

State oversight of the securities industry is a necessary and critical part of protecting investors, especially Montana investors. Most Montanans would object to calling Washington, D.C., to inquire about a water bill or report a crime. And Montanans don't want to call an office 3,000 miles …

July 20, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Hill misstates insurance, tax credit plan

If you are one of the 165,000 Montanans without health insurance, or one of the small businesses buckling under the weight of rising insurance premiums, you should know there is a viable proposal to remedy that problem. Recently, Rick Hill criticized this plan.

April 03, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Montanans in need of affordable insurance

A number of business leaders have mentioned to me that the governor’s framework for economic development overlooked one of the most urgent needs of Montana’s individuals and existing business community – affordable health insurance. The Montana Chamber of Commerce prominently featured rising…

February 03, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

New ideas needed to help uninsured

One night last year our three-year-old daughter, Amanda, fell against the corner of a coffee table, cutting her lip badly. We rushed her to the hospital emergency room. A few hours and many careful stitches later, we were ready to go home. We are fortunate to have health insurance; 168,000 M…

March 20, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

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