Medicaid

People on Medicaid who work rural seasonal jobs in Montana are wondering about the future of their access to health coverage. Montana recently passed a law that, if it gains federal approval and goes into effect as planned in January, would require many Medicaid recipients to prove they work a set number of hours each month.

In modern medicine, the mind and body often stay on two separate tracks in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But it's hard to maintain physical health while suffering from a psychological disorder.

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Colorado hospitals will be required to report annual spending in an effort to curb health care prices under a bill Gov. Jared Polis is signing into law Thursday.

The bipartisan legislation is key to Polis' efforts to reduce health care costs and increase price transparency in a state where rural residents often pay some of the nation's highest insurance rates.

The Medicaid expansion promoted by the Affordable Care Act was a boon for St. Mary's Medical Center, the largest hospital in western Colorado. Since 2014, the number of uninsured patients it serves has dropped by more than half, saving the nonprofit hospital in Grand Junction more than $3 million a year.

But the prices the hospital charges most insured patients have not gone down.

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The first three years of a child's life are the most important to their development, according to a new, national report ranking how well states are caring for infants and toddlers. Colorado received high marks.

The State of Babies Yearbook 2019 examines state and national policies and programs that support the healthy development of children. The report compared 60 indicators for child and family well-being across three categories. Colorado was one of 12 states to receive the highest out of four ratings.

In the 2018 midterms voters in the deeply conservative states of Idaho and Utah went against their Republican controlled legislatures on healthcare. They both voted yes on initiatives to expand Medicaid under Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

But it didn’t end there. Republicans in both Capitols pushed back.


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Democrat Jared Polis is leading Republican Walker Stapleton in Colorado's governor's race.

A recent bi-partisan poll of likely voters found Polis' seven-point lead is driven by his appeal with unaffiliated and female voters. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus four percentage points.

Idaho and Utah voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid at the ballot this November. Those voters might want to look at a report out this week that assessed how the expansion of the federal health care program played out. 

Idaho officially joined Utah today as the third state to try to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative.

A large part of our region isn't doing very well when it comes to child health. That's according to the 2018 Kids Count Data Book out today.

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