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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?
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.
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?
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Montana’s new Medicaid work requirement is still pending federal approval to go into effect. In the meantime, enrollment has increased for the first time in over a year.
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.
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. […]