Reports presented yesterday by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in front of the Montana HELP (Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership) Oversight Committee showed nearly 84,000 Montanans have access to healthcare because of Medicaid expansion, and has saved the state $30 million as a result, Montana Public Radio reports.
“In Montana we worked together in a bipartisan way to increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes for thousands of Montanans, all while throwing a lifeline to our rural hospitals to bring down the costs of uncompensated care,” said Governor Bullock. “It’s been good for Montanans, good for our economy, and good for our state budget.”
Medicaid expansion has also saved the Montana Department of Corrections $7.6 million.
Bullock worked with Republican and Democratic legislators to pass the Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, an innovative approach to Medicaid expansion. This has led to a dramatic drop in the number of Montanans without insurance. Nearly 84,000 Montanans have gained access to healthcare and the uninsured rate in Montana has dropped from a staggering 20% in 2013 to 7% in 2016.