"Low cost energy is the mother's milk of a sound economy.and we are on the verge of a technological miracle."--Joe Balyeat
Montana, once known as the "Treaure State," lags far behind North Dakota in oil production and Wyoming in coal and that’s got to change
expansion. Big government Democrats and some Republicans tried to pass four different Medicaid expansion bills and were defeated each time.
There are many things we “know” about Medicaid that should cause concern. Medicaid already comprises 25% of our projected 2015 budget. And once expanded, there is very little likelihood of turning back, despite the sunset clause and very little incentive and likelihood of studying and improving it.
There are many things we know we don’t know about Medicaid expansion—can the system accept up to 70,000 new patients; will it drive more doctors out of private practice, will it reduce health care access; will it create a larger dependent class of young, healthy and single participants; can we depend on the federal government for full ongoing funding? These unknowns are even more disconcerting.
The battle over Medicaid expansion promises to be Montana’s biggest legislative battle in the 63rd Legislative Session. There are 3 Medicaid bill hearings before the House Human Services Committee. We urge you to oppose two bills – HB 458 and HB 590, the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion bill which will be heard on Monday, March 25th. [...]