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The two Democratic candidates for the 2020 governor’s race participated in the first forum of their campaign last night in Billings on Feb. 12.
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The two Democratic primary candidates for the 2020 governor’s race each argue they’re the best candidate to defend the party’s decade-and-a -half hold of the office from Republicans. Current Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and businesswoman Whitney Willams faced off in their first forum Wednesday night. Candidates fielded questions on topics including public safety, women’s health care and access to public land.

Opioid Overdose Death Rate 2006 - 2014.
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Montana’s Attorney General is suing two of the largest opioid distributors in the state for allegedly fueling prescription drug overdoses. The state’s lawsuit filed Monday says McKesson Corporation and Cardinal Health Inc. together shipped more than 60 percent of the opioids coming into the state from 2006-2014.


Nearly 10 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs in recent years, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The House chamber at the Montana Legislature.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers did not have enough support to override four vetoes by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, including a strongly supported bill that sought to give health insurers the ability to regulate pharmacy benefit managers.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
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Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill attempting to put new regulations on a obscure and influential player in the prescription drug supply chain. While the policy failed to become law in Montana, other states are considering similar legislation.

Prescription drugs. Stock photo.
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A plan for new regulations on insurance companies and their obscure contractors in the prescription drug supply chain is moving forward in the Montana Legislature.

The bill coming from State Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale would put new rules on the contracts between health insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs.

Bill Asks For Transparency In Prescription Drug Prices

Mar 27, 2019
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HELENA -- As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise, one bill moving through the Montana Legislature would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide information on why the price of a drug has increased.

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A proposal to regulate an obscure but important player in the prescription drug industry divided Democrats and Republicans as it passed out of the state Senate today.

Pills, stock photo.
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An obscure but important player in the health care industry is in the crosshairs of Montana elected officials, who are proposing new regulations aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs.

State Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale, an elected Republican, asked state lawmakers Friday to consider additional rules on the contracts between health insurance companies and what he refers to as the middlemen of the pharmaceutical drug industry.

Pills, stock photo.
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Montana lawmakers and the state insurance commissioner are targeting a generally hidden part of the healthcare system, with new regulations aimed at bringing down prescription drug costs. Companies in the drug supply chain, and the state’s biggest health insurance company, are fighting back.

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