Policy

Daines’ Office Denies Support for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

The office of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is denying that the senator will no longer oppose Medicaid expansion going forward after a quote appeared in a Capitol Hill news outlet, where the Republican — and noted Obamacare critic — said that he respects “the decision of our Legislature and our governor on Medicaid expansion.”

Policy

Montana Medicaid Expansion Includes New Bureaucracy

State Sen. Ed Buttrey’s (R-Great Falls) Medicaid expansion bill — SB 405 — would add new bureacracy within the State Dept. of Labor and Industry (DLI) that will cost the state $3.5 million from 2016-2020 according the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning (OBPP).

Policy

Buttrey, Bullock Team Up on Montana Medicaid Expansion

Montana State Sen. Ed Buttrey (R-Great Falls) and the office of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock have been working together over the last month on SB 405, Buttrey’s Medicaid expansion “alternative” that would still use federal dollars to expand Medicaid in Montana as part of Obamacare.

Policy

Tester Lauds Stimulus, Obamacare, Calls for More Spending

Throwing austerity to the wind, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) used the country’s improving economic numbers to call for more spending from state and federal lawmakers on a host of issues from infrastructure, to education, to healthcare in his semi-annual speech to the Montana state legislature.