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Published Year: 2018

Medicaid Expansion: Individual Market Stabilization

This report finds that Montana’s Medicaid expansion had a significant impact on the insurance market, resulting in an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people shifting from the individual market to the Medicaid program, and likely resulting in lower premiums on the individual market. According to the report, ending Medicaid expansion could result in 2020 premium increases … Continued

Reinsurance: Individual Market Stabilization

This report looks at how creating a state claims-based reinsurance program could save Montanans 10%-20% percent on individual health insurance premiums. State-based reinsurance programs, created by waivers under section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, are designed to stabilize the individual market and control insurance premiums. This report examines how a potential reinsurance program would … Continued

1332 State Innovation Waiver: Individual Market Stabilization

This report examines 1332 State Innovation Waivers as a solution to stabilize Montana’s individual health insurance market. The State Innovation Waiver, also known as the 1332 Waiver, was created as part of the Affordable Care Act and became an option for states to consider in 2017. States that want to use this option to explore … Continued

Evaluation Report: Post-Delivery Support for NAS Infants and Parents

The opioid epidemic in the United States contributes to a growing need to address substance use disorders (SUDs) in the perinatal period. Women with SUD are at risk for poor pregnancy-related outcomes, and their newborns can suffer withdrawal symptoms known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which can lead to the infant’s removal from their family … 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

2018 Report: Health Coverage & Montana’s Uninsured

This report looks at the rate of Montana’s uninsured for 2018. Approximately 979,000 Montanans had health coverage (out of a total population of 1 million), resulting in an estimated uninsured rate of 7.8%. This report was commissioned by MHCF and completed by Christina Lechner Goe, J.D. Press Release

Landscape Scan: Increasing the Use of SBIRT

This report provides a landscape scan and recommendations to increase the use of SBIRT in Montana. The report was commissioned by the Montana Healthcare Foundation and written by the National Council for Behavioral Health. You can read an executive summary of this report here.

Literature Brief: Addressing Perinatal Substance Use Disorders

Drug use in pregnancy is a serious public health problem in Montana. Despite evidence that the problem is on the rise, Montana has a severe shortage of treatment for pregnant women with substance use disorders. The number of Montana children in foster care more than doubled since 2011: out of more than 3,200 children in … Continued

2018 Report: Medicaid Expansion Economic Effects

According to this report, Montana’s Medicaid expansion adds $270 million in personal income and more than $500 million in additional economic output to Montana’s economy each year and generates approximately 5,000 new jobs. The program provides health coverage for approximately 94,000 Montanans. Although Montana pays for a share of this new coverage, the study also … Continued