Potential Effects of Work Requirements in Montana’s Medicaid Program


An estimated 26,000 to 36,000 low-income people in Montana would lose much-needed health coverage under a proposed bill to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, according to an analysis published by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. In addition, 5,000 to 7,000 more could lose health coverage due to higher […]

The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Montana: Updated Findings


Medicaid expansion has a substantial effect on Montana’s economy. Each year, expansion brings over $600 million into Montana that would not otherwise be here. This money ripples through Montana’s economy, generating between 5,900 and 7,500, jobs and between $350-$385 million in personal income each year between 2018 and 2020. These results are consistent with the […]

Bringing Treatment Courts to Scale in Montana


This study was completed by NPC Research, an independent, nationally recognized research firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon, at the request of the Montana Supreme Court and the Montana Healthcare Foundation (who funded the report). The purpose of this study was to respond to current attention on substance use disorders as a key health challenge in Montana, and the […]

Individual Market Stabilization – Reinsurance Analysis


The Montana Healthcare Foundation retained Wakely Consulting Group, LLC, to analyze the potential effects of a state-based reinsurance program on the 2020 individual Affordable Care Act market. MHCF, the Montana Department of Administration, and the Montana Department of Health and Human Services are interested in exploring policy options that will keep individual health insurance premiums […]

1332 State Innovation Waivers


The State Innovation Waiver, also known as the 1332 waiver, was created as part of the Affordable Care Act and became an option for states to consider on January 1, 2017. States that want to use this option to explore ways to transform health care financing must apply to the U.S. Secretary of Health and […]

2018 Report on Health Coverage and Montana’s Uninsured


The Montana Healthcare Foundation commissioned this study of Montana’s uninsured rate for 2018. According to a report issued by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI), the uninsured rate in April 2016 was approximately 7.4 percent, down from 20 percent in 2012.1 In January 2018, approximately 979,257 Montanans had health coverage, out of a […]

The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Montana


This independent analysis by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research estimates that Montana’s 2016 Medicaid expansion adds $270 million in personal income and more than $500 million in additional economic output to Montana’s economy each year and generates approximately 5,000 new jobs. The program provides health coverage for approximately 94,000 Montanans. Although […]

Trauma-Informed Approaches: Opportunities and Challenges in Montana


Over the past two decades, professionals in education, health, and human services have become more aware of the wide-ranging effects of trauma on health and well-being. Starting with the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences study in the late 1990s, which linked the experience of potentially traumatic experiences in childhood to a wide range of long-term health […]