MONTANA – Governor Bullock, joined by Great Falls leaders, advocates for Montana veterans and the healthcare community, announced today a targeted outreach effort – HELP-Vets – to expand access to healthcare for eligible Montana veterans.
“Montana veterans deserve the best healthcare available,” said Governor Bullock. “Here in Montana we have brought Democrats and Republicans together to improve access to healthcare services all across the state. This new effort will ensure that more Montana veterans get the help they need.”
As a result of the bipartisan HELP Act, more people are insured in Montana than ever before and our federal tax dollars are coming home to provide affordable healthcare to over 50,000 hardworking Montanans, many of whom have access to preventative healthcare for the first time in their lives. Under Governor Bullock’s leadership, rural hospitals that had been struggling under the weight of uncompensated care have been thrown a lifeline as the uninsured rate in Montana has dropped from a staggering 20% in 2013 to just over 7% in 2016.
But thousands of veterans in Montana remain uninsured. Not all veterans are eligible to receive healthcare through the VA, and those who are eligible don’t always have full coverage. Too many of Montana’s heroes struggle with long wait times and lack of access to local care - the HELP Plan provides another option for eligible veterans.
During a press conference in Great Falls, Governor Bullock noted “This is about the people of Montana who served our nation and put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and our way of life.”
Montana has one of the highest proportions of veterans in the country. More than 10 percent of Montanans are currently serving, have previously served, or is an immediate family member of a Montana veteran.
More information about the HELP-Vets initiative can be found at http://dphhs.mt.gov/healthcare/Veterans.