Montana Republicans announced a plan to continue the state’s Medicaid expansion program without increasing state costs. The plan involves increasing premiums for some and assessing taxes on hospital services. Furthermore the plan will collect money from tax-exempt religious corporations whose members are covered. The bill is being drafted by Rep. Ed Buttrey. However, the program will end in July if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement.
A recent study found the expanded health care program brings $600 million into the state’s economy each year. Additionally, it creates more than 6,000 jobs and $350 million in personal income.