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People line up to testify during a hearing on the revised Medicaid expansion bill at the Montana Legislature, March 16, 2019.
Montana Legislature

Plans to tie work requirements to next year’s Medicaid expansion are worrying some of the state’s Medicaid recipients, and they used Thursday’s public meeting in Helena to let state officials know.

7 p.m.:  This story has been updated with quotes from a DPHHS official.

The Montana State Health Department has removed 27 children from a youth treatment facility in northwest Montana called the Ranch for Kids, citing, “serious allegations of egregious, chronic, and persistent child abuse and neglect."

The Lincoln County District Court ordered the removal of the children from the ranch Tuesday, pending a full investigation.

A warning sign for waters that may contain toxic algae.
Montana DEQ/Montana DPHHS

State agencies are warning of increasing "pea soup" looking algal blooms in Montana’s freshwater lakes and reservoirs.

The blue-green algae are usually suspended from or joined to floating mats in the water, and can produce toxins that damage the skin, liver and nerve cells.

More than 40 people came to the DPHHS hearing on Medicaid cuts Feb. 1, 2018 in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Montana’s Medicaid expansion now covers more than 92,000 people. Its future was in question earlier this year when state lawmakers debated whether to continue it, and if so, how.

Conservative lawmakers campaigned to scrap expansion altogether. More moderate Republicans pushed for adding work requirements for enrollees — something not allowed under the Obama administration but OK'd by President Trump.

Veterans, Buttians, and stateVeterans, Buttians, and state and federal  and federal political figures gathered in Butte for the ceremonial groundbreaking, Tuesday July, 2, of the long awaited Southwest Montana Veterans Home. It was first proposed in 1993.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

After years of waiting, the Southwest Montana Veterans Home broke ground today in Butte.

A new report says Montana could save money on Medicaid by providing housing and support services to homeless people.

The Wyoming Department of Health Tuesday reported its first case of West Nile Virus this year involving an adult in the northeastern part of the state. State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection

Alcohol, drug and suicide (combined) deaths per 100,000 people in 2017.
National Center for Health Statistics, CDC

Montana’s state health department has received a $2.1 million grant for a game for school kids. Zoe Barnard with the department explains.

Pertussis cases by Montana county, 05-05-19
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

There are more than 170 reported cases of whooping cough in Montana. State health officials say local outbreaks in parts of western Montana are driving the recent uptick.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reports recent outbreaks of whooping cough in Missoula, Flathead and Lake counties.

Montana Behavioral Health Alliance Executive Director Mary Windecker testifies at a state health department listening session in Helena August 1, 2018.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s remaining addiction and mental health care providers had a lot riding on the 2019 Legislature. And they walked away from the session cautiously optimistic that they’ll soon be able to rebound from recent tough times. Almost two years ago the state health department was forced to cut almost $50 million to help balance the state budget.

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