Montana is 29th in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Montana, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Montana Comprehensive Health Association
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Montana started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Montana's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services — The state agency dealing with public health issues.
Montana Medicaid Provider Information — Assisting low-income individuals and families.
Healthy Montana Kids — CHIP is a low-cost, private health insurance plan which provides health insurance to eligible children age 18 and under. Children qualify for CHIP based on family size and income.
Forward Montana — A volunteer-run organization advocating guaranteed affordable coverage for every American.
Montanans for Single Payer — A statewide group formed to affect the current national debate on health care reform. Committed to true universal health care, a Medicare-type system where everyone is in and no one is out.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Montana.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Montana -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Montana.
Why health care reform is important to Montana -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Montana.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Montana -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Montana.
Montana mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Montana -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $194 per family in 2012.
03/03/2013 3:03 PM
Billings Gazette — Two of the most popular health insurers in Montana as well as the new nonprofit Montana Health Cooperative plan to participate in the health insurance exchange. However, health care advocacy groups say consumers are so far showing little interest in the exchange.
12/23/2012 3:12 PM
MedCity News — The Montana state insurance commissioner approved a new, nonprofit health cooperative. The co-op was started with the help of federal funds, and it will sell policies on the state’s health insurance exchange beginning in October 2013.
07/17/2012 3:07 PM
Bozeman Daily Chronicle – The Supreme Court ruling also left one critical decision up to the states … our elected officials must decide whether or not to expand our Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults. As it stands, Montana offers coverage to working parents making less than 55 percent of the poverty line. In real terms, this amounts to $10,500 a year for a family of three. The Medicaid expansion provision in the Affordable Care Act would extend coverage to adults making up to 133 percent of the poverty line ($25,390 for a family of three), covering over 57,000 currently uninsured Montanans.
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