Medicaid expansion

AFP/Koch Brothers Threaten Montana Elected Officials

  An ultimatum has been issued. Either Montana legislators do as the Koch Brothers’ minions demand or they will be punished. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports AFP staffer David Herbst threatened legislators while testifying on a proposed minimum wage increase. Herbst told legislators that if…

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Mary Moe

GUEST POST: Casper

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT

It’s a time of jarring incongruity. Outdoors, trees shiver in the crisp air, baring their branches of copper and gold. Frost silvers stubbly fields under a harvest moon. Everything is beautiful with dying.

Indoors, vitriol and inanity drip from the airwaves as journalists breathlessly report the latest in the limbo contests that now pass for…

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MT Political News Round Up

  Where states expanded Medicaid low-income insurance options improved, so did results – and the economy Read the full study by an actual medical journal (not some Koch Brothers group) here. Reuters Mormons’ distaste for Donald Trump puts Utah up for grabs says the New York Times…

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Millions of Montanans to Attempt to Learn Social Media

The embattled Koch brother’s astroturf group Americans for Prosperity hopes to staunch the skewering they’ve been receiving in Montana for the last year or so by trying to make their members a more social media savvy. A “Social Media Warrior” training will be hosted by…

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GUEST POST: Thank the unsung heroes of Medicaid expansion 

This Thanksgiving, let’s thank the folks who won’t get much credit when thousands of Montanans are finally able to access healthcare come the New Year. These are the dedicated public servants in state government at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and…

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Montana Dodges A Bullet, but TEA Partiers are Reloading

We here in Montana dodged a bullet when moderate Republicans joined Democratic legislators to pass a compromise bill that is a private market alternative to Medicaid expansion in Montana. That’s because states that refused federal funds to offer health coverage to low and modest income Montanans…

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GUEST POST:  Forward Montana: 25 Under 25

by Dan Lourie

 

Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime activist for peace,  justice and equality, has  written to newspapers since 1964. 

 

Twenty-five young women and men under the age of twenty-five, judged the cream of the crop out of seventy applicants, have been chosen as winners of Forward Montana’s “25 Under 25” competition. To read the descriptons of their devotion to making the world a better place is to not only be wowed, but also to truly gain confidence in our future.

 

My friend Kiah Abbey, FM’s head person in Bozeman, told me about the contest and I knew immediately to nominate a young woman who exemplifies the description of the contestants FM hoped to attract. More on her later, but here are excerpts from the intro to the contest.

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GUEST POST: Fortunate

by Anna Whiting Sorrell, MPA

Whiting Sorrell is Director of Operations, Policy and Planning Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department, former Director Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and former Billings Area Director, Indian Health Service

This week I will celebrate my 58th birthday.  Most women in Montana would not consider this a milestone in their lifetime, but for me, I will celebrate it with vigor as I know how fortunate I am just to be alive. According to a Montana Department of Health and Human Services report, as an Indian woman in Montana, I can only expect to live to be 64 years old.  Indian women die a generation younger than non-Indian women, who can expect to live 20 years longer. This statistic has been my personal reality as my mother died at 57 and her mother died in her forties.

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The Montana Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…

…Bishop George Thomas, of Helena Montana who was captured pontificating at a meeting of U.S. bishops last week expressing his disappointment that his fellow bishops were not a stronger voice for the poor: “I want to express my disappointment. I really do believe that there needs to be much…

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GUEST POST Montana values shaped lawmaking during session

by Mary Ann Dunwell  

Mary Ann Dunwell is a democrat and represents Montana House District 84 Helena/East Helena. You can reach her at (406) 461-5358 or rep.maryann.dunwell@mt.gov

As we celebrate summer graduations and holidays that honor our service men and women, and parents and families, it’s a good time to point out how our shared Montana values shaped lawmaking in the recent legislative session – values like the equal opportunity of public education, healthy and hard-working families and communities, and service to country and each other.

Here are a few examples of laws passed that reflect these values…

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