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Priority: Medicaid & Health Policy

2020 Report: Health Coverage & Montana’s Uninsured

This is an annual study that looks at health coverage and Montana’s uninsured. For 2020, the report estimates that approximately 9.3% of Montanans are uninsured, which is 0.7% higher than last year. It is important to note that this rate is only an estimate since the number of people who lost employer-sponsored coverage due to … Continued

Montana Medicaid Supportive Housing Services Crosswalk

Recognizing the positive impacts supportive housing can have on individuals’ health and well-being, housing stability, and healthcare utilization, this report examines the extent to which supportive housing services align with existing benefits covered by Montana’s Medicaid program. The report was commissioned by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Healthcare … Continued

2019 Report: Health Coverage & Montana’s Uninsured

This report looks at the rate of Montana’s uninsured for 2019. Approximately 980,000 Montanans had health coverage in 2019 (out of a total population of 1 million), resulting in an estimated uninsured rate of 8.6%. This report was commissioned by MHCF and completed by Christina Lechner Goe, J.D.

Medicaid Expansion: Individual Market Stabilization

This report finds that Montana’s Medicaid expansion had a significant impact on the insurance market, resulting in an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people shifting from the individual market to the Medicaid program, and likely resulting in lower premiums on the individual market. According to the report, ending Medicaid expansion could result in 2020 premium increases … Continued

GWU Report: Medicaid Work Requirements Update

This report found that as many as 50,000 to 56,000 low-income people in Montana could lose health coverage under HB658 (introduced on Mar 12, 2019) to reauthorize Montana’s Medicaid expansion and impose new work and reporting requirements on recipients. The new report updates a previous in-depth analysis released on Feb 13, 2019, that looked at … Continued

GWU Report: Medicaid Work Requirements

This report found that 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. Also, 5,000 to 7,000 more could lose health coverage due to higher premiums. T he report was commissioned by MHCF, and completed by researchers at George … Continued

SSRS Survey: Medicaid Expansion Analysis

This survey analysis summarizes the 2018 survey results of the Montana Medicaid expansion enrollees. The survey assessed member’s access to health care services and their health status prior to and after enrolling in the Medicaid expansion. The survey analysis found that Medicaid expansion is reducing financial barriers and improving access to essential health services in … Continued

2019 Report: Medicaid Expansion Economic Effects

According to this report, Montana’s Medicaid expansion has introduced more than $600 million each year into Montana’s economy, generating approximately 6,000 new jobs and $350 million per year in personal income. Although Montana pays for a share of this coverage, the study also found that savings created by the program, along with state revenue generated … Continued

Reinsurance: Individual Market Stabilization

This report looks at how creating a state claims-based reinsurance program could save Montanans 10%-20% percent on individual health insurance premiums. State-based reinsurance programs, created by waivers under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, are designed to stabilize the individual market and control insurance premiums. This report examines how a potential reinsurance program would … Continued

1332 State Innovation Waiver: Individual Market Stabilization

This report examines 1332 State Innovation Waivers as a solution to stabilize Montana’s individual health insurance market. 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 in 2017. States that want to use this option to explore … Continued