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Could a Japanese-style elder care program work in Montana?

Twenty years ago, the world's oldest nation implemented an innovative social tax to support its aging citizens — and to free younger generations from some of the burdens of age.

Twenty years ago, the world’s oldest nation implemented an innovative social tax to support its aging citizens — and to free younger generations from some of the burdens of age. Could the model work in Montana?

Bullock announces emergency testing order for assisted living facilities

The health department directive follows a major COVID-19 outbreak at a Billings memory care community.

The same day health officials announced a coronavirus outbreak at a Billings assisted living facility, Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday that his public health department will order all assisted living and nursing home facilities in the state to test all employees and residents before allowing any more visitors.

How the world’s oldest nation cares for its elderly

And what Montana — the oldest state in the West — might learn from Japan

Montana, the oldest state in the western United States, faces many of the same problems as Japan, the world’s oldest country. Might there be solutions for Montana from what looks to be a successful experiment enacted two decades ago to help pay for elder care in Japan?

MORE HEALTH COVERAGE

Disputed Medicaid audit gets a hearing

The audit, which concludes that sloppy Medicaid administration could result in an $84 million liability for the state, got a frosty reception from health department officials, governor’s aides and their Democratic allies.

Outside the boxes

Health care professionals anticipate a pandemic-induced mental health crisis. Some doctors think prescriptions for time in nature can help.

‘A window has been opened’

BOZEMAN — Mindy Misener said she’s always been supportive of her friends who have delivered babies at home under the guidance of a midwife, but it wasn’t something she envisioned for herself. She had been planning to give birth in a hospital and sought care from a provider at Bozeman Health early in her pregnancy. […]

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MORE HEALTH REPORTING

Returning to roots

The Fort Belknap Indian Health Service hospital is seeking applicants for two traditional practitioner positions — the first of their kind in Montana.

How ‘Dr. Annie’ is dividing the Flathead

Dr. Annie Bukacek disparaged safety orders and downplayed the virus. Now she’s the subject of one petition to expel her from office, and another to keep her.

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