The Healthy Montana Campaign:
The Healthy Montana Campaign is a coalition of organizations committed to accepting available federal funds to expand Medicaid in Montana.
The 2013 Montana Legislature had the ability to change the lives of 70,000 Montanans, create jobs, and boost our economy. They could have accepted federal funds to expand the state’s Medicaid program and provide badly needed access to health care to uninsured Montanans, including veterans, single parents, American Indians, home healthcare workers, and low-income adults. Or, they could turn these dollars away, sending them to states like California and New Jersey, leaving tens of thousands of Montanans without the medical coverage they need.
Legislators worked together to create a bipartisan compromise to expand Medicaid. Unfortunately, the final bill became a victim of political gamesmanship and obstructionism by a small group of conservative legislators. The legislature adjourned without taking action. Want to know how your legislator voted? Click here to find out.
In spring 2014, a group formed the Healthy Montana Campaign – I-170, and proposed a ballot initiative to let Montana voters decide to expand Medicaid. Over 300 volunteers worked tirelessly gathering signatures to qualify for the ballot. Because of their work, the movement to expand Medicaid grew by over 3,000 voters each and every week this spring. There are over 25,000 people who signed the initiative. Unfortunately on June 19, 2014, the Healthy Montana Initiative announced to volunteers and supporters across the state that it will not qualify I-170 for the November ballot.
The fight to expand Medicaid is not over. Montana has a variety of policy options to enact expansion. Right now city and county governments are passing resolutions supporting Medicaid expansion. Butte-Silver Bow was the first to pass a resolution. You can read more about it here.
The 2015 Legislature still has the chance to expand Medicaid and create a Montana made solution to provide 70,000 low-income Montanans with the health care they need and deserve.
The stakes are high. Montana needs Medicaid expansion, and we need your voice to make that happen. Montana cannot afford to stop until we get this done.
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Healthy Montana Campaign
PO Box 1497, Helena, MT, 59624