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Medicaid in Montana: The Critical Role of Medicaid Expansion in Supporting Montana’s Behavioral Health System

This report shows how much progress has been made to improve behavioral health since Montana implemented Medicaid expansion in 2016. With Medicaid expansion now providing a payment source for behavioral health services, Montana’s system is in the process of a deeply needed transformation. Between 2016 and 2020, Montana’s budget for prevention doubled, and 59% of … Continued

Analysis of Montana SB 100 and Policies to Limit Medicaid 12-Month Continuous Eligibility

Senate Bill 100 is currently under consideration by the Montana Legislature. The bill proposes increasing how often the state verifies the eligibility of recipients to receive benefits under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). To better understand how these changes might affect the health of people currently on the program, we spoke with … Continued

Medicaid in Montana: How Medicaid Affects Montana’s State Budget, Economy, and Health

This report provides an in-depth analysis of Montana’s Medicaid program, its beneficiaries and costs, and how it affects the health system and health outcomes of Montanans. Montana Medicaid covers 265,000 children and adults with low incomes, two-thirds of whom live in rural Montana. The report provides data on Medicaid’s role in Montana’s health system and … Continued

Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion in Montana

This report looks at the economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Montana. It finds that Montana’s Medicaid expansion introduces $650 million into the economy each year, supporting 6,000 new jobs and $400 million in personal income. Although Montana pays for a share of this coverage, the program’s savings and the revenue generated by increased economic … Continued

2020 Report on 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

Sustaining and Expanding Integrated Care in Montana

The Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative is transforming the standard of care for primary care providers and patients in Montana. To ensure the ongoing sustainability and expansion of the integrated care model, we commissioned the National Council for Behavioral Health to recommend options the State of Montana could explore. This report, “Sustaining and … Continued

Strengthening Montana’s Public Health System

This study takes an in-depth look at Montana’s public health system and gives recommendations for strengthening it. The study is the result of a year-long project by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and Population Health Partners. It is the culmination of over 50,000 miles of travel, three regional roundtable discussions, and many interviews, meetings, … Continued

The Montana Business Case for a Supportive Housing Benefit

This report presents the business case for creating a Medicaid benefit to cover supportive housing services for beneficiaries who are experiencing homelessness and have high healthcare service costs. The report was commissioned by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Montana Healthcare Foundation and was conducted by the Corporation for Supportive … 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

Montana’s 2019 Uninsured Rate

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, completed by Christina Lechner Goe, J.D., and published in Jun 2019.