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Steve Fitzpatrick

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A critical vote over the future of Medicaid expansion could come down to the votes one or two state senators Thursday. That’s after debate was delayed Wednesday on the health care program for low-income adults.

Senate Majority Whip Steve Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Great Falls, says the vote will be close on House Bill 658, which is arguably the most high-profile bill of the 2019 legislative session.

Bills Targeting Elder Abuse Advance In Montana Legislature

Apr 5, 2019

HELENA -- The Montana Legislature advanced bills this week aimed at protecting elderly and vulnerable adults from abuse.

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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.

Sen. Nate McConnell announces the Firefighters Protection Act. The bill would allow current or former firefighters to file for health coverage or wage protection if they’re  diagnosed with one of more than dozen diseases. Jan. 29, 2019.
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Professional firefighters are again asking lawmakers to expand their workers' compensation benefits to cover chronic diseases they’re more likely to catch because of their jobs. However, the unknown price tag that could come with it is posing a hurdle.

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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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