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Medicaid Reform and Integrity Act

Corin Cates-Carney

While much of the state was enjoying a sunny St. Patrick’s Day, state lawmakers and scores of people concerned about health care spent all day Saturday inside the state capitol debating two competing visions for the future of Medicaid expansion in Montana.

Montana Capitol building.
Nick Mott / MTPR

A day after the long-anticipated Republican plan to continue Medicaid expansion was revealed, House Democrats reacted with strong criticism.

"Frankly, right now, I don’t know what there is to negotiate about,” says Casey Schreiner, the Democratic House minority leader.

Rep. Ed Buttrey (R) - Great Falls
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A new proposal to continue Montana's Medicaid expansion program surfaced at the state Capitol Wednesday. It offers the first peek at the eagerly anticipated Republican bill to modify Medicaid expansion in the state. That's the program that extends health coverage to around 95,000 low income Montanans.

Montana Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Corin Cates-Carney joins us now to talk about it.

Democratic House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner announced the party’s bill to continue Medicaid expansion in Montana, Jan. 10, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Democrats announced their plan for the future of Montana’s Medicaid expansion program Thursday. It’s one of two different visions competing for support in the Capitol.

The Keep Montana Healthy Act is Democrat’s offer to extend Medicaid expansion past its expiration date in June.