Author Archives: Melinda Buchheit

Analysis of SB 100 and the Implications for Medicaid Continuous Eligibility


Senate Bill 100 is currently under consideration by the Montana Legislature. The bill proposes increasing how often the state verifies the eligibility of recipients to receive benefits under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). To better understand how these changes might affect the health of people currently on the program, we spoke with Professor […]

The Meadowlark Initiative Update


The Meadowlark Initiative brings a new standard of pregnancy care to Montana by offering routine screening and treatment for substance use disorders and mental illness as a part of prenatal and postpartum care. The initiative supports recovery while keeping families together and children out of foster care. In partnership with the State of Montana, we […]

Sustaining & Expanding Integrated Care in Montana


This week, in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health, we released a report that gives recommendations for how integrated care can be sustained and expanded in Montana. The Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative is transforming the standard of care for primary care providers and patients in Montana. We commissioned the National […]