State of Montana Archives: on Health Care
Access Health Montana: increase coverage and access
To have a healthy economy, we need healthy citizens. For those of us with health insurance, we're paying too much and getting too little. And for the tens of thousands of Montanans who don't have insurance, the Emergency Room has become a primary
care facility, pushing costs for all of us even higher. The fact is, subsidizing expensive ER care for the uninsured costs Montanans $300 million a year. That makes no sense when there is a smarter, cheaper way to provide better care.
Through Access Health Montana, we are proposing a made-in-Montana solution designed to increase coverage and access to health care for more Montana families. It will also create a patient-centered delivery system that focuses on coordinating care and
improving health, rather than simply treating illness. Implementing these measures will allow us to better control and ultimately lower the costs of health care--slowing the annual rate hikes that hit all of our wallets.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature
Jan 30, 2013
Protect people with pre-existing medical conditions
Tester defended the Affordable Care Act at times, citing provisions that protect people with pre-existing medical conditions and protect sick people from having their insurance policies terminated.
There are parts of the health care bill "that will help" working families and small businesses, he said. "To listen to the Congressman talk, you would think that the old system was just grand. It wasn't grand," Tester said.
Source: Daily Inter Lake on 2012 Montana Senate debates
Oct 14, 2012
No nationalized health care system
Lange supports the following principles regarding health issues:
Source: Montana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
- Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Lange adds, ďWe must maintain and improve the quality of our health care system, improve affordability and accessibility by a number of means. We should not implement a nationalized health care system.Ē
Families canít afford to get sick; thatís not health care
You need somebody back in Washington DC whoíll address the health care problems in this country. Right now, when families canít afford to get sick, thatís not health care. Weíre 19th in the world; we didnít used to be that way. You want to talk about
medical research? Weíre in the process of under-funding the National Institute of Health, so our medical research is going to start heading to the Pacific Rim, under this current administrationís watch. Thatís not the right direction.
Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU
Oct 9, 2006
Insured 10,000 kids under CHIPs; aim for 20,000
Thanks to the Childrenís Health Insurance Program, 10,000 formerly uninsured youngsters have good health insurance coverage. Thatís progress in my book. We eliminated the small enrollment fee and have simplified the application process.
We have come half way in our goal to insure a total of 20,000 children. Iím going to continue to bring more Montanans under the umbrella of affordable health insurance. Weíll qualify families for CHIP at incomes up to 160% of poverty.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Montana Legislature
Jan 25, 2001
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