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Governor Steve Bullock announced his budget priorities for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, Thursday, November 15. Bullock was joined by Lt. Governor Mike Cooney (left) and Montana Budget Director Tom Livers (right).
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Governor Steve Bullock released his draft state budget and priorities for the upcoming legislative session Thursday. At the top of the list: Re-authorizing Medicaid expansion.

“There’s too much at stake to not keep Medicaid expansion going in Montana,” Bullock says.

Montana’s Medicaid expansion provides health coverage to just over 96,000 people, and it’s set to expire next June.

healthcare.gov website, 11/2/18
Healthcare.gov

The Affordable Care Act’s sixth sign-up season is now underway.

The roughly 62,000 Montanans who buy their own health insurance have until December 15 to shop for a policy. And, for the first time they can also choose to skip out altogether on ‘Obamacare’ without fear of incurring a tax penalty.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester and former president of Planned Parenthood nationwide Cecile Richards share the stage in Bozeman at Montana State University on Nov. 1, 2018.
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The former president of Planned Parenthood nationwide joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester in Bozeman, Thursday afternoon, to continue the Democrat’s effort to energize his voting base five days before the midterm election.

Republicans have campaigned for years on the promise of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, but this year many are promising to keep protections for pre-existing conditions, which are popular with voters, even though many have actively tried to dismantle former President Obama’s health law.

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