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State Insurance Commissioner Lindeen Comments on Imminent Passage of Medicaid Expansion [YouTube]

The Montana Senate voted 29-21 in its second reading of SB 405, the Medicaid Expansion bill, meaning after the third reading scheduled for Saturday will mean the compromise bill will become law. 

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St. Patrick CEO Says Healthcare Moving from ‘Fee For Service’ to ‘Value Based ‘ Payment Structure

In the inaugural edition of Health Talk on Newstalk KGVO Radio, Jeff Fee, CEO of Providence Health and Services at St. Patrick Hospital, said the healthcare organization is in the middle of a paradigm shift in its payment structure.

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New U.S. Veterans Administration Secretary Visits Missoula [WATCH]

Newly appointed U.S. Veterans Administration Secretary Robert McDonald visited Missoula on Tuesday, accompanied by Montana Senator Jon Tester.

At a press conference in the University Center on the UM campus, McDonald said his visit to Montana is primarily concerned with helping veterans in more rural areas

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UM Curry Health Center Renews Accreditation [YouTube]

The Curry Health Center on the University of Montana campus has renewed their three year accreditation with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

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Governor Steve Bullock Pushes Medicaid Expansion At St. Patrick Hospital [YouTube]

Governor Steve Bullock continued his tour of Montana hospitals and healthcare facilities on Wednesday, touting his Healthy Montana Plan to expand Medicaid. 

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Two Views Of Medicaid Expansion – State Headlines [YouTube]

Montana Democrats and Republicans have differing plans for Medicaid expansion, one in which we pay more now..one in which we pay more later.

 

Construction jobs increasing in Montana..

A touching story out of Miles City that includes a bucket-list trip to see the Ellen show in California.

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Computer Glitch Leads To Obamacare Signup Extension – State Headlines [YouTube]

The office of Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen announced yesterday that a computer glitch in Healthcare dot gov has led to an extension in signing up for mandatory health insurance.

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Computer Glitch Extends Obamacare Sign Up Deadline Till February 22 [YouTube]

As federal officials released today the final number of Montanans who bought 2015 health insurance through healthcare.gov, Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen announced that the deadline to sign up for health insurance on the exchange has been extended due to a computer glitch.

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St. Patrick Hospital Details Protective Measures Against Flu [YouTube]

Like other healthcare facilities throughout Montana, St. Patrick Hospital has taken measures to protect staff, patients and visitors from the flu virus.

Infection Control Specialist Tammy Powers said the protections begin with hospital staff

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Following VA Town Hall Meeting – More Confusion – Delays Over ‘Choice Cards’ [YouTube]

A small hospital in Mineral County has given voice to frustrations by area veterans over confusion and delays in using the new 'Choice Cards' touted at a town hall meeting in Missoula on January 14.

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