Providing practical policy solutions to key health systems challenges.

The goal of this focus area is to provide practical policy solutions to key health systems challenges; to ensure that Montanans have adequate information to understand and reach informed decisions regarding proposed Medicaid and health policy changes at the federal and state levels; and to allow Montana’s health system to adapt to new policies promptly and effectively.

State and federal health policies have a profound impact on the lives, health, and health care of Montanans. In early 2019, the law that authorized Montana’s Medicaid expansion will come up for reauthorization by the state legislature. Federal health policy continues to be uncertain, with new policy proposals arising nearly every month. In this environment of rapid change and uncertainty, the public and policymakers need timely, fact-based policy analysis from a credible source. Moreover, state organizations working to strengthen the health system need resources effectively engage and support policy decisions that will have a positive effect on the Foundation’s goal of improving the health and health care for all Montanans.

Funding Opportunity

There are currently no grant opportunities in this focus area. In 2018, we will continue to work with stakeholders to identify the most effective health policy investments.

Medicaid and Health Policy Resources

Our Work in Medicaid and Health Policy

Medicaid and Health Policy Grantees

Montana Primary Care Association

Documenting Patient Experiences with Montana's Medicaid Expansion

Project Term: 3 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $16,400

This project resulted in the publication of Montana Coverage Matters, a storybook that documents individual patient experiences related to the Medicaid expansion.

MT Human Rights Network

Documenting Patient Experiences with Montana's Medicaid Expansion

Project Term: 3 months; Ended 2016
Grant Amount: $20,000

This project will produce a series of stories of individuals who have gained coverage under the Medicaid expansion. These stories will be captured in a printed storybook for distribution.

Montana Budget and Policy Center

Report on the Impact of Medicaid Repeal on Montana's Budget, Health Care Providers, and Individuals

Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $8,000

This project produced a report, 142 Montanans Face Uncertainty of Health Coverage with Threat of ACA Repeal, published in Jan 2017. The report generated two news stories and was mentioned in nine others.

2018 Call for Proposals

Find out about this year’s available grants.