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Bullock, top Republican offer different Medicaid expansion plans at Montana Legislature

Bullock, top Republican offer different Medicaid expansion plans at Montana Legislature


[(***ACURTIS***)]DEMOCRATIC
GOVERNOR STEVE BULLOCK ON
TUESDAY MADE
ANOTHER PITCH FOR EXTENDING
MONTANA’S MEDICAID
EXPANSION, WHICHPROVIDES HEALTH COVERAGE TO NEARLY 100,000
LOW-INCOME ADULTS.HE FOCUSED ON
HOW IT BENEFITS BUSINESSES,
WHOSE
EMPLOYEES GET THE COVERAGE.BUT
AS M-T-N’S MIKE DENNISON REPORTS REPUBLICAN BACKERS OF MEDICAID
ALREADY ARE WORKING UP A
BILL TO EXTEND AND REFORM
THE THREE-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM.

{GOVERNOR BULLOCK RELEASED A
REPORT BY HIS ADMINISTRATION
TUESDAY SHOWING THAT
EXPANDED MEDICAID COVERED LOW-INCOME WORKERS AT NEARLY
18,000 BUSINESSES IN
MONTANA IN 2017.}{GOVERNOR STEVE
BULLOCK: “I THINK IT’S TIME THAT
WE FINALLY FULLY
RECOGNIZE THAT THE VALUE OF MEDICAID EXPANSION IS AS MUCH
FOR MONTANA BUSINESSES AS IT IS
FOR
THE MONTANANS RECEIVING HEALTH
CARE.”}{MEDICAID EXPANSION USES
FEDERAL AND STATE DOLLARS TO PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE TO THOSE
MAKING UP TO 138 PERCENT OF THE
FEDERAL POVERTY
LEVEL.}{FOR A SINGLE PERSON,
THAT’S ABOUT $16,700 OF ANNUAL
INCOME.}{MEDICAID EXPANSION IS SET TO EXPIRE IN
MONTANA IN JUNE, UNLESS THE
LEGISLATURE EXTENDS
IT.}{REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE
ED BUTTREY OF GREAT FALLS
SPONSORED THE ORIGINAL MEDICAID EXPANSION BILL IN
2015.}{NOW, HE SAYS HE’LL BE
SPONSORING A BILL TO EXTEND IT
BUT WITH
SOME CHANGES.}{MT REP. ED BUTTREY, R- GREAT FALLS SOT:
“THE PROGRAM HAS WORKED
EXCEPTIONALLY WELL, IT’S SAVED
THE STATE OF MONTANA AND THE
TAXPAYERS A LOT OF
MONEY, BUT IT DOES NEED TO BE REFORMED.”}{HE’S CALLING HIS
BILL THE MEDICAID REFORM AND
INTEGRITY ACT AND SAYS IT WILL
ASK THOSE WHO BENEFIT TO HELP
FUND THE STATE’S SHARE OF THE
COST.}{MT REP. ED BUTTREY, R-GREAT FALLS SOT:
“IF YOU’RE UTILIZING OR
BENEFITING FROM THE
PROGRAM, WE THINK YOU SHOULD
HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME. THAT MEANS HOSPITALS, INSURERS,
PEOPLE USING THE PROGRAM. WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE A PART
IN THE SUCCESS OF THE
PROGRAM.”}{THE DETAILS ON WHAT
THAT “SKIN” WILL LOOK LIKE FOR
VARIOUS PARTIES IS STILL BEING
SORTED OUT.}{BUTTREY HOPES HIS BILL CAN BE INTRODUCED IN THE
NEXT FEW WEEKS, AND GET TO
THE HOUSE FLOOR AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE.}{THE CHAIRMAN OF THE
HOUSE COMMITTEE
THAT WILL HEAR THE MEASURE SAYS HE’S ON BOARD WITH AN EFFICIENT
SCHEDULE.}{MT REP. DENNIS LENZ, R-MONT. SOT: “I’M KIND OF WANTING TO
MOVE IT QUICKER. IT HAS A
TENDENCY TO KIND OF CLOUD THE
WATERS IF IT STICKS AROUND TOO
LONG.”}{MEANWHILE, THE
GOVERNOR ALSO MADE HIS PITCH
TUESDAY TO THE STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ARGUING
THAT MEDICAID EXPANSION HELPS
CREATE A HEALTHY AND RELIABLE
WORKFORCE.}{MTN CHIEF
POLITICAL REPORTER MIKE DENNISON
STANDUP: “GOVERNOR BULLOCK IS LIKELY PUTTING FORTH HIS
OWN BILL TO EXTEND MEDICAID
EXPANSION. BUT WITH REPUBLICANS IN CONTROL
MTN
NEWS.”}

[(***ACURTIS***)]MEDICAID EXPANSION CURRENTLY BRINGS ABOUT
500-MILLIO
DOLLARS A YEAR OF FEDERAL MONEY
INTO THE STATE.###

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