Governor Steve Bullock today touted a new report prepared by Manatt Health for the Montana Healthcare Foundation that showcases the benefits of Medicaid in Montana on the economy, employment, and access to care.
“65,000 Montanans are now accessing preventative care rather than waiting for a life-threatening condition to send them to the emergency room, where healthcare is the most expensive and we all pick up the tab,” said Governor Bullock. “Medicaid is a good deal for Montana – increasing Montanans’ economic security, creating jobs and helping our rural hospitals survive. We must ensure this good deal remains for Montanans well into the future.”
Highlights from the report find that Medicaid in Montana has helped to increase access to preventative care, which prevents costly complications down the road. More than 65,000 expansion adults have accessed preventive services to date. Hospitals’ uncompensated care costs were reduced by more than $100 million in 2016.
Additionally, the report finds that more than 8 in 10 expansion enrollees live in working families and that Montana ranks in the top ten states for Medicaid enrollees who are working.
Labor force participation for people without disabilities has increased by 9% and by 6% for people with disabilities in Montana as a result of Montana’s unique HELP-Link program. HELP-Link is a job services program administered by the Department of Labor & Industry that connects expansion enrollees with workforce training, employment services, and job openings.
Echoing a previous report by The Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Manatt Health also found that 5,000 new jobs have been created each year since 2016 and that the state’s budget has realized savings.
Governor 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. Over 96,000 Montanans have gained access to health care and the uninsured rate in Montana has fallen by more than half since 2013
View the full report at this link.