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Lawmakers muse about health coverage for Montanans disenrolled from Medicaid

For more than a year, Montana's state health department has been embroiled in a sweeping effort to "unwind" the state Medicaid program, conducting a mass eligibility review of every person enrolled in the public health program, which provides health coverage for many lower-income residents.

The unwinding, being conducted after federal officials lifted pandemic-era restrictions on striking people from the Medicaid rolls last year, has seen the state remove more than 135,000 Montanans from the program. Department data indicates that most of those removals, nearly two-thirds, have been because pr...