Grant Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $10,000
This project allowed the Montana Free Press to research, investigate, report, and publish in-depth stories about health care and health care policy in Montana. The independent news site experienced tremendous growth in exposure and pick-up rate during the grant period, and many of their most popular stories and podcasts were directly related to health care and policy in Montana. Some of the key stories that were produced as part of this grant included:
- “Forgotten Communities” (Aug 2, 2018), which detailed how cuts to state-funded health services were disproportionately impacting rural communities. This article was the third most popular story on the website during the grant period.
- “Two Visions for Medicaid Expansion” (Feb 25, 2019), featured a discussion between Rep. Mary Caferro (D-Helena) and Rep. Ed Buttrey (R-Great Falls). This podcast provided an unfiltered debate between two key lawmakers on what was arguably the most significant issue of the 2019 legislative session. This was among the site’s highest performing podcasts with more than 550 unique downloads.
- “The People of Medicaid” was a podcast series that went beyond the political debate and put a human face on a complex issue of Medicaid.