Posted: Feb 28, 2013 9:45 AM by Marnee Banks
HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock announced his plan Wednesday to expand Medicaid in an effort to insure more low-income Montanans.
Bullock and MT State Representative Chuck Hunter (D-Helena) released draft language of the bill, which would add 70,000 Montanans to the Medicaid system.
A family of four making $32,000 a year, and a single person making $15,000 per year, would qualify for the government-run health insurance program.
Bullock said, "We know that those with insurance are more likely to visit a doctor instead of a high-cost hospital emergency room, if they are afforded that opportunity. Our plan will lead to greater access and a healthier population while reforming the way we deliver healthcare."
The bill also includes a plan to increase provider rates, implement a patient-centered medical home program, and expand the medical residency program.
Representative Hunter will carry the bill in the House.
Speaker of the House Mark Blasdel (R-Somers) issued the following statement: "We're glad to see the Governor's finally at the table and that he will soon introduce a bill laying out his proposal to expand Medicaid. It'll get a fair hearing, and we'll put it through the process that all bills go through."