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About 96% of Montanans who received their first COVID-19 vaccine are showing up for their second dose, according to the state health department. That’s slightly better than the national rate recently reported by federal health officials.

Illustration showing a mobile phone, the COVID-19 virus and the words 'fraud and scam'
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The Federal Trade Commission reports fraud is booming in the pandemic. Advocates for seniors say older Montanans are especially at risk.

A seniors advocacy group on Oct. 7 sent cease and desist letters regarding two campaign ads for Montana candidates, claiming they imply endorsements that don’t exist.

AARP took issue with a Montana Republican State Central Committee ad about prescription drug prices that supports Republican Sen. Steve Daines and opposes his Democratic challenger, Gov. Steve Bullock.

AARP found similar problems with a Democratic Attorneys General Association ad against Republican Attorney General candidate and Roosevelt County Attorney Austin Knudsen.

Bills Targeting Elder Abuse Advance In Montana Legislature

Apr 5, 2019

HELENA -- The Montana Legislature advanced bills this week aimed at protecting elderly and vulnerable adults from abuse.

Bill Asks For Transparency In Prescription Drug Prices

Mar 27, 2019
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HELENA -- As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise, one bill moving through the Montana Legislature would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide information on why the price of a drug has increased.

On June 24, assisted living businesses and workers asked the Montana Legislature to increase payments for day-to-day services for seniors and people with disabilities.
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Businesses that care for the elderly, poor and disabled say they’re struggling to make ends meet on what the state pays for housing and assisted living services.

Much of that funding is via Medicaid, and on Thursday, assisted living businesses and workers asked the Montana Legislature to increase payments for day-to-day services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Governor Steve Bullock speaking during the announcement of a $800,000 federal grant to fund respite services in Montana, Tuesday, October 23.  Respite helps provide a temporary break for family caregivers of children or adults with special needs.
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Montana is receiving an $800,000 federal grant to pay and train family caregivers of children and adults with special needs.

The three-year grant funds the Montana Lifespan Respite program, which gives vouchers that allow family caregivers to hire a professional who can give them a break.

Big Tobacco Violated Campaign Laws, Commissioner Finds

Sep 10, 2018

HELENA — Two Big Tobacco companies violated Montana’s campaign practices and disclosure laws as part of a campaign opposing a tobacco tax ballot initiative.

That’s according a 14-page decision issued by the state’s top campaign practices official.

AARP Joins Fight To Preserve Same-Day Voter Registration In Montana

Sep 9, 2014

AARP has joined those fighting a Montana ballot measure that would end the practice of allowing voters to register on Election Day.

The non-profit advocacy group for older Americans claims 37 million members nationwide. Its national board president was in Billings yesterday to advocate for easier voting access.

Jeannine English doesn’t mince words when speaking against Legislative Referendum 126.

"It’s a form of voter suppression."

She calls this ballot measure an out-of-state-crafted solution looking for a problem.