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Healthy Montana Kids

Brie Oliver tells a gathering at the state Capitol about how Healthy Montana Kids helped her family, April 4, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

People involved with children’s health gathered at the Montana Capitol on Thursday to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the successful ballot initiative that created Healthy Montana Kids.

'Capitol Talk' is MTPR's weekly legislative analysis program.
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Tonight on Capitol Talk: The state admits it needs to do a lot better job monitoring for-profit wilderness schools for troubled teens. Economics hold little sway in the effort to abolish Montana's death penalty. Money is being restored to the depleted Health Department budget. Another Montana campaign finance reform law is upheld. And lawmakers may have found a way to bridge the infrastructure impasse.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

Congress is now dickering over how to fund reauthorization of two programs that provide healthcare for tens of thousands of Montana Families. The Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Center Fund expired at the end of September.

Montana’s senior senator says congressional Republicans seem to be more concerned about – as he puts it – "tax giveaways for wealthy out-of-staters" than the solvency of community and child healthcare programs.

Billings Crowd Urges Approval Of Montana Medicaid Expansion Waivers

Aug 19, 2015
Tuesday's meeting in Billings on Montana's Medicaid expansion waivers drew about 80 people.
Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio

Nearly 80 people turned out for a public meeting in Billings Tuesday afternoon on the state of Montana’s proposed waiver request for its Medicaid expansion program.

As Jackie Yamanaka reports, all of the two dozen people who offered comments want the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve Montana’s two waivers.

Medicaid Expansion Hearing Draws Overflow Crowd

Mar 6, 2015

The House Human Services committee borrowed the old Supreme Court chamber for a hearing on Medicaid expansion that drew an overflow crowd and is expected to run into the evening.