Posted: Mar 14, 2013 8:15 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says a health care bill in the state Legislature will provide services to 70,000 Montanans that live below the national poverty level, and the Democrat was in Kalispell on Thursday to help sell the idea.
Gov. Bullock talked with leaders of Kalispell Regional Medical Center, North Valley Hospital and other healthcare providers here in the Flathead Valley, to talk about how to move forward and meet the health care needs of Montanans for the future.
Bullock spoke and answered questions about the Access Health Care Bill (House Bill 590), which he says would provide access to care for tens of thousands of Montanans by using federal funds to expand the state's Medicaid program to individuals and families living below 138% of the federal poverty level.
Gov. Bullock said there are other benefits that would come from the proposal as well.
"In a county, or in a city that the mayor runs, where jobs are important, the idea that we have the opportunity to create immediate jobs. The estimates are 17,000 jobs over the next seven years in our state. We oughta be [for] it."
Bullock took questions from local health care leaders, in an effort to discuss what he says governors all over the country are doing.
"We have to do this. We have to do this for the health of our communities, the health of our individuals, the health of our economy, and it would be a real shame not to do this - to provide the care."