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Transgender Montanans and allies are preparing to defend access to critical medical care for minors experiencing gender dysphoria.
Protecting rural hospitals was a mainstay of campaign messaging in 2020. But what specific challenges has Montana’s frontier health community faced, how have they kept the lights on, and what could legislators do to help — or hurt — in 2021?
With health care accounting for such a huge piece of Montana’s economic pie and supporting some 48,000 jobs in the state, hospitals, clinics and individual providers are eagerly awaiting information from policymakers and insurance companies about their plans for telehealth’s future.
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Montana officials tapped St. Peter’s and nine other hospitals in the state to receive one box each of the Pfizer vaccine, each containing 975 doses, to be administered to high-risk employees. St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings was the first to receive its allocation, on Monday, and began distributing inoculations to priority employees on Tuesday afternoon.
Approximately 70 employees at Kalispell’s hospital currently have COVID-19, and another 88 are in quarantine after coming in contact with the virus that is raging across Montana and the Flathead Valley.
As COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrolled across Montana, four hospitals are operating beyond their capacity, schools and businesses are closing and officials are pleading for people to follow public health guidance.
Under attack by challenger Steve Bullock, incumbent Sen. Steve Daines insists he’ll protect patients with preexisting conditions — even as he works to overturn the law protecting them. Insurance experts say that doesn’t add up.
Coronavirus infections — and the quarantines that occur because of them — are exacerbating a health care worker shortage that existed well before the pandemic.