Governor Steve Bullock today released a statement following a new report by the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University in collaboration with the Montana Healthcare Foundation on the damaging impacts of implementing work requirements in Montana.
“We already have a successful bipartisan approach to Medicaid expansion that ensures healthy people are finding and keeping good jobs. It doesn’t make sense to me that we would abandon this approach all to spend more money, kick up to 43,000 Montanans off of their coverage, and hurt our rural hospitals.”
The report details “between 31,000 and 43,000 low-income Montanans would lose Medicaid coverage due to the policies proposed” in a proposal before the Montana Legislature to fundamentally change Montana’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion program.
The report also details:
- “Those who lose insurance coverage will have worse access to health care, which could harm both their health and financial well-being.”
- “…hospitals, community health centers and similar facilities, particularly those in rural areas, will lose Medicaid revenue and have to care for more uninsured patients. This will destabilize them financially, increasing the risks of service cutbacks or closures.”
- “In light of the success of Montana’s voluntary approach, the state of Maine recently announced that it has dropped plans to impose Medicaid work requirements and is shifting to a voluntary system.”
The full report can be found at this link: https://mthcf.org/resources/report-medicaid-work-requirements/