Nearly 16,000 Montanans who purchased Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance through the marketplace are set to receive partial reimbursement for premiums paid between 2018 and 2020.
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Shodair Children’s Hospital’s failure to properly staff its residential facility and monitor patients contributed to a patient suicide in May of this year, according to a July inspection released by investigators at the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services estimates that ending continuous eligibility will save the federal and state governments roughly $22 million a year. Critics say the change could result in temporary lapses in coverage for more than 20,000 people.
A wage-induced shortage of home health care workers has been compounded this year by pandemic-related stress, the steadily rising cost of living and increased vacancies in other low-wage jobs. With Montana’s population aging, caregivers and their advocates say action is needed now to avoid a deepening crisis.
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Gallatin County is one of the wealthiest regions of the Treasure State, but locals say it’s lacking a critical piece of infrastructure: health care for people experiencing mental illness, emotional disturbances and addiction.
Three years after the Trump administration encouraged states to require proof that adult enrollees are working a certain number of hours or looking for work as a condition of receiving Medicaid expansion benefits, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reversed course under Democratic President Joe Biden.
The state’s population is aging, and demand for at-home care is on the rise. Now caregivers are leaning on Congress to address wage and workforce issues.
With a new law that places pharmacy benefit managers under state oversight, Montana is one testing ground for whether more transparency will lead to lower prescription drug prices.
Visitors’ return is a relief for businesses forced to shutter last summer after Blackfeet tribal leaders closed roads on Glacier National Park’s east side
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