The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Montana House Advances Medicaid Expansion


Democrats and Republicans are divided on what Montana's tax structure should like but have found some common ground. Photo by Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service.

HELENA -- The Montana House of Representatives voted 61-37 Saturday to pass a controversial bill to extend Medicaid expansion.

The expanded program has enrolled nearly 96,000 Montanans to receive subsidized health insurance. The federal-state partnership was first passed into law in 2015 and includes a 90 percent funding match from the federal government through the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Ed Buttrey, R-Great Falls, is carrying House Bill 658. It includes new requirements for some recipients to work or complete some form of "community engagement" to continue to receive benefits. It woul...

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