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Missoula Aging Services

For the 165,000 Montanans who are on Medicare, the next week and a half is crunch time. December 7 is the deadline for people age 65 and over to pick a Medicare prescription drug plan.

"People a lot of times can save hundreds of dollars just by switching plans," says Kate Cotnoir with Missoula Aging Services. 

They've got five full time staff and a couple of volunteers booked solid helping people shop for new plans.

Republican Congressman Steve Daines didn't respond to Democrat Amanda Curtis's jabs during last night’s U.S. Senate debate in Billings.

Curtis said several times that Daines is too extreme for Montana and represents corporate interests over average Montanans. She says it's time to send a working-class Montanan to represent the state in Washington D.C.

Curtis also said Daines' vote last year to shut down the federal government during a budget stalemate hurt Montanans.

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

Former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, Sally Mauk, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

Christopher Allen

In his first public appearance since dropping from the U.S. Senate race Aug. 7, Sen. John Walsh met with Missoula community leaders in the first of three planned visits to Montana cities today to address problems related to Social Security and Medicare.

Vilification Of The Comp Claimant

Jul 29, 2014

How often have you heard someone say something nasty about an injured worker? Was she accused of fraud? Did they suggest that she was faking her injury?

Those are some of the insults facing injured workers in Montana.

Hi, I’m Tom Murphy.

I’m an attorney from Great Falls, and I represent injured workers against insurance companies.

Worker's compensation is not a government program.

Worker’s compensation is insurance, and there are over 600 companies licensed to provide it in Montana.

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