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By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Medicaid expansion a hot topic during last week's session

 

March 20, 2019

Rep. Ed Buttrey, R-Great Falls, listens to opponents of his bill that would extend Medicaid expansion on March 16, 2019. Photo by Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service.

People filled the Montana Capitol Saturday to testify during an all-day hearing on two competing bills that would extend Medicaid expansion, some of them arguing to keep the program as is, some arguing for more requirements for enrollees and others arguing against the program completely.

Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey of Great Falls and Democratic Rep. Mary Caferro of Helena are carrying competing Medicaid expansion bills, which were heard back-to-back Saturday. With nearly 100,000 Montanans enrolled on the state-federal partnership program, and its expiration date looming in June, expansion is...



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