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Federal Government Shuts Down, No One Knows for How Long

As of 12:01 a.m. EST on Tuesday, the federal government closed down. Congressional leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate were unable to reach an agreement on a budget or a temporary fix, known as a continuing resolution, before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.

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Update – Montana Congressman Steve Daines Prepares for Another Vote to Restrict Obamacare [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 30

As of Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Montana Congressman Steve Daines was preparing to head back to the House floor to cast yet another vote that might result in a government shutdown.

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Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms
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Government Likely Headed for Shutdown — What Does This Mean?

With Congress unable to agree on a budget or even a short-term emergency bill, it's increasingly likely that the federal government will suffer its first shutdown in 17 years. Leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate will trade proposals on Monday, but neither side is optimistic that they will reach an agreement.

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Cost of Montana Health Insurance Going Up, Claims Expert

The Affordable Care Act's health exchanges are set to open on October 1. Although the government claims that the insurance rates will be lower than expected, some experts argue that costs will be higher than what many Montanans have experienced in the past.

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Insurance Commissioner Lindeen to Answer Obamacare Questions in Missoula on September 30 [AUDIO]

The Affordable Health Care Act insurance exchanges will officially open for business on Tuesday, October 1. Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen will speak at two locations in Missoula on Monday, September 30.

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Freshman Senator Ted Cruz Vows to Speak Till He Can’t Against Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz says he will speak until he's no longer able to stand in opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Area Hospitals Look to Future of Healthcare in Western Montana [AUDIO]

Healthcare administrators from around Western Montana met at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Thursday, September 19 to discuss the future of their industry in rapidly changing times.

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Obamacare Navigators Subject to Strict State Privacy Laws [AUDIO]

One of the new terms Montanans will become familiar with in the coming months is "navigators." Navigators are individuals and organizations that help guide those with questions about how to access and utilize the new Obamacare health exchanges.

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Montana Insurance Commissioner Releases Price List for Obamacare Health Policies [AUDIO]

Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen has released the price list for health insurance policies that will go on sale October 1 as part of the final roll-out of Obamacare's insurance industry overhaul.

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All About Obamacare – From State Insurance Commissioner [AUDIO]

In the words of Montana's Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen, "Love it or hate it, Obamacare is the law, and Montanans have a lot of questions. I didn't write the law, but as Montana's Insurance Commissioner, I want to make sure all Montanans have the information they need to make the best decisions they can for themselves, their families and their small businesses."

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