Project Term: 12 months; 2019-2020
Grant Amount: $25,000
Missoula County will explore options for providing affordable health insurance to uninsured county residents. The grantee will do this by determining 1) the key demographic features of the uninsured in Missoula County; 2) the viability of a local health insurance option built on Missoula County’s health insurance plan and Partnership Health Center’s clinical resources; 3) the financial and organizational mechanics necessary to create a health insurance program for Missoula County residents not currently insured through their employers or federal programs. Grant funds will support a contract with a professional health insurance consultant for a one-year planning phase and feasibility study. This project is the result of a partnership between Missoula County Commissioners, Missoula County Risk and Benefits (the department overseeing Missoula County’s self-insured health care system), and Partnership Health Center.