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 […]

MHCF 2015 Strategic Plan


This report describes the planning process that the board of trustees and staff of MHCF carried out to guide the foundation’s first full year of programming. Countless individuals, organizations, and public agencies generously contributed time, insights, and data that are reflected in the pages that follow. The Montana Healthcare Foundation makes strategic investments to improve […]

Integrated Behavioral Health in Montana: A Baseline Assessment of Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities


Substance use disorders and mental illness are among the most serious and challenging health problems in Montana. These issues are often linked: individuals that report mental health concerns are also more likely to have problems with substance use, and vice versa. Integrated behavioral health is an evidence-based way to provide care for patients with co-occurring mental illness, substance […]

Overview of Alternative Schools and Education Programs


Alternative education programs in Montana are defined as “A ‘restructured’ academic program to serve at-risk students and operated within an accredited public school.” Twenty-eight alternative education programs that fit this definition currently exist in Montana, though there is no official tracking system for these programs, and local schools districts have full discretion over how these […]

Impact on Montana of the Better Care Reconciliation Act’s Medicaid Provisions


This independent analysis by nationally-recognized experts from Manatt Health, projects that if the U.S. Senate’s version (Better Care Reconciliation Act or BCRA) of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is enacted, Montana’s Medicaid program could lose $5.3 billion in federal funding, and more than 75,000 adults enrolled through the recent Medicaid expansion could lose coverage […]

Impact on Montana of the American Health Care Act’s Medicaid Provisions


This independent analysis projects that if the current health care bill in Congress – the American Health Care Act (AHCA)— is enacted, Montana’s Medicaid program would lose $4.8 billion in federal funding, and more than 70,000 adults enrolled through the recent Medicaid expansion would lose coverage by 2026. The analysis, conducted by Manatt Health and […]

Repealing the Medicaid Expansion: Implications for Montana


This report projects that over 71,000 newly insured Montanans could lose access to medical care, and that the state could lose over $284 million in critical health care funding if Congress repeals the Medicaid expansion. The Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) allowed states to extend Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes up to 138% […]

Impact of Affordable Care Act Repeal on American Indians and Alaska Natives


As Congress begins debate on whether and how to repeal or replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) face considerable risk and uncertainty due to many special provisions in the ACA that were intended to address longstanding under funding and health disparities. AI/ANs have a […]