The Rundown

Medicaid Expansion: Insured or in Doubt? (Ep. 101)

Can state lawmakers strike a deal to keep the health insurance of 1 in 10 Montanans?
Medicaid Expansion: Insured or In Doubt? (No. 101)
The Rundown

Medicaid Expansion: Insured or In Doubt? (No. 101)

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Rating: TV-PG

Can state lawmakers strike a deal to keep the health insurance of 1 in 10 Montanans?

It's ideology versus insurance in the Montana Legislature this spring, as legislators decide how to continue health care coverage for nearly 100,000 Montanans. Nearing the end of its two-year trial-run in Montana, Medicaid Expansion has provided federally-funded insurance to tens of thousands of Montanans, added 5,000 new healthcare jobs, and defied lawmakers' expectations of how many people would fall under the umbrella of its coverage.

But if that's a good thing, depends who you ask. On one side of the aisle Medicaid Expansion is referred to as an 'entitlement' while on the other side it's called a 'basic right'. As the clock winds down on the 90-day legislative session and the sunset built into the original expansion looms closer, healthcare providers in the state's largest and smallest hospitals keep apprehensive eyes on the legislature, afraid that expansion won't be renewed, and millions of dollars of new revenue and thousands of new patients will be lost.