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2024 Annual Report: Medicaid in Montana

This fourth annual report on Montana Medicaid shows consistent improvement in health coverage, access to services, health outcomes, and reduction in costs for enrollees. Montana Medicaid provides health care coverage to nearly 300,000 Montanans with low income, including children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and adults. We produce the Medicaid in Montana annual report to … Continued

2024 Issue Brief: The Role of Primary Care in Behavioral Health

This analysis of Montana Medicaid claims data shows that more than half (54%) of Medicaid members with behavioral health needs receive care exclusively from primary care providers, and 81% of the Medicaid population that accessed behavioral health care received at least some of those services from a primary care practice. As Montana seeks to build … Continued

2023 Annual Report: Medicaid in Montana

This new report on Montana Medicaid finds a decrease in ER visits, hospitalizations, and associated costs with each year of enrollment in Medicaid expansion. This third annual report on Medicaid in Montana also showed that with these better health outcomes, the health care costs for expansion enrollees declined each year they had coverage – and … Continued

2022 Annual Report: Medicaid in Montana

This report on Montana Medicaid finds that Medicaid expansion led to lower use of high-cost emergency services and increased access to lower-cost primary care and outpatient specialty services. This second annual report on Medicaid in Montana also showed that Montana spends a lower proportion of the state general fund to finance its Medicaid program than … Continued

2021 Annual Report: Medicaid in Montana

This report provides an in-depth analysis of Montana’s Medicaid program, its beneficiaries and costs, and how it affects Montana’s health system and health outcomes. This first annual report on Medicaid in Montana also provides data on Medicaid’s role in Montana’s health system and the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report was commissioned by … Continued

Manatt Report: How Medicaid Expansion Impacts Montana

This report examines how Montana’s Medicaid expansion has affected the state’s budget, economy, and residents. The report found that Montana’s 2015 bipartisan Medicaid legislation has saved more than $36 million in the state’s budget and helped more than 65,000 adults access preventive health care services. The report was commissioned by the Montana Healthcare Foundation and … Continued

Opportunities for Action on SUD

In the summer of 2017, MHCF sponsored listening sessions on Substance Use Disorders (SUD) in communities across Montana to understand the extent of the problem and identify solutions. The work was done in partnership with the Montana Department of Justice, Department of Corrections, Department of Health and Human Services and the Governor’s Office. Data gathering … Continued