Department of Public Health and Human Services director Adam Meier, who had been appointed by Gov. Greg Gianforte last year, will leave his post leading the state’s largest agency in August
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Montana’s elected officials reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which had made abortion legal nationwide for nearly 50 years.
Montana is one of a handful of non-coastal states that would maintain a constitutional right to abortion if a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion leaked in May becomes binding this month. That would put pressure on Montana abortion providers to care for patients from across the country.
The newly hired official tasked with running Montana’s Medicaid program got a grilling on Wednesday in his first public appearance before lawmakers, some of whom expressed concerns about the state potentially privatizing the system that handles health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income Montanans.
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Montana’s new state Medicaid director, Mike Randol, started this week at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Randol oversaw privatized Medicaid systems in Iowa and in Kansas, and he has been a staunch advocate of managed care. Montana is one of just 11 states that has not privatized at least part of…
In December 2021, Missoula College graduated the first cohort from its new paramedic program. Now the program is exploring more ways to educate the next generation of first responders and help Montana tackle its ongoing EMS shortage — and it’s not alone.
State lawmakers on Friday reiterated their calls for urgent reforms at Montana’s adult psychiatric hospital in Warm Springs, which has long struggled with insufficient staffing and resources — problems that have resulted in patient falls, deaths and loss of federal funding within the last year.
Montana is the latest example of an ongoing power struggle between nonprofits and conservative-leaning states over who receives federal family planning money. That has intensified in recent years as the Title X program has increasingly become entangled with the politics of abortion.
Montana lawmakers stripped authority from local health boards last year when blowback against COVID prevention measures was at its peak. But a year later, there are ongoing power struggles between cities and counties over the law, and public health officers have been left to wonder to whom they answer.
The announcement is part of Biden’s recently launched rural push as the midterm election season ramps up. Leading Democrats have said their party can’t afford to lose more rural voters if they want to keep control of the Senate. But political analysts are doubtful whether this rural tour will be enough to bring back the…
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