Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion has saved Mon­tana $30 mil­lion

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Mon­tana’s Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion pro­gram has saved the state health depart­ment more than $30 mil­lion since its start in Jan­uary 2016, mostly be­cause the fed­eral gov­ern­ment paid a big­ger share of the costs for some re­cip­i­ents, of­fi­cials said.

Erica Johnston with the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health and Hu­man Ser­vices told a leg­isla­tive over­sight com­mit­tee that the pro­gram cov­ers nearly 84,000 res­i­dents and has paid for $574 mil­lion in health­care ser­vices since it be­gan. En­rollees are re­quired to pay 2% of their monthly in­come in pre­mi­ums. The state has col­lected $5.6 mil­lion in pre­mi­ums, she said.

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