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Montana expands Medicaid coverage for housing assistance and transition from prison

Federal officials greenlight new elements of the Gianforte administration’s HEART Initiative.

The federal agency that oversees Montana’s Medicaid program has approved requests from Gov. Greg Gianforte’s administration to cover more services for Montanans with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, part of a multiyear effort to leverage state and federal funds to fill gaps in Montana’s health care system.

The state Department of Public Health and Human Services on Monday announced the green light from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for three distinct expansions of what the public insurance program can fund. Those expansions include housing support services for people with...

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