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Voices of Montana: Collaborating to advance EMS along the Hi-Line

A collaborative agreement between Logan Health, Glacier County, and the Blackfeet Reservation is keeping some emergency services operating along the Hi-line. The agreement is a rarity and has stirred up renewed interest in the creation of healthcare consortiums to help keep critical care facilities operating in rural Montana. Listen to the podcast to hear Ryan Pitts from Logan HealthRich Rasmussen from the Montana Hospital Association, and state Representative Geraldine Custer discuss why these types of collaborative efforts might be the future of rural health care.

Posted on 06/01/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Free Press: Tackling Montana’s EMS shortage, from the supply side

As the state continues to grapple with an EMS shortage, college programs are exploring ways to expand and enhance the state’s pool of first responders.

Posted on 05/23/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Casper Star Tribune: Lessons from across the state line: What Wyoming could learn from Montana’s Medicaid expansion

In Montana, uncompensated care plummeted after Medicaid expansion. Employment rates went up. Expansion generated $2.1 billion in new economic activity over the first two years, one report found. Thousands of Montanans accessed primary care services — some for the first time in their lives.

Meanwhile, thousands of Wyomingites remain without health coverage, and hospitals are still writing off millions of dollars treating people who can’t afford healthcare.

Posted on 04/12/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Missoulian: Benefis breaks ground on new $44 million facility

Benefis Health System broke ground on what will be its largest expansion into the Helena area.

Posted on 03/22/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Public Radio: Immunocompromised patients worry vaccine exemptions put them in peril

Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office estimates that “thousands of health care workers” have obtained religious exemptions and “remain in the workforce,” according to a recent press release.

Posted on 03/22/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Public Radio: Gianforte urges religious exemptions for health care workers facing vaccine mandate

Gov. Greg Gianforte is urging unvaccinated health care workers to consider using religious and medical exemptions ahead of an upcoming federal vaccine mandate deadline. Gianforte says health care workers should evaluate all their options.

Posted on 02/14/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Montana Free Press: Greg Gianforte’s pandemic tightrope act

How Montana’s pro-vaccine Republican governor is navigating COVID says a lot about his political priorities.

Posted on 02/07/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Valley Journal: Campaign to educate parents launches

MHA has partnered with nine other trusted Montana healthcare and public health associations to launch the “Your Best Shot MT” campaign to help answer parents’ vaccine questions and increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Montana.

Posted on 01/19/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Great Falls Tribune: Montana congressional delegation reacts to SCOTUS vaccine requirement decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Joe Biden’s administration doesn’t have the authority to impose vaccine-or-testing requirements on employers that would have covered tens of millions of Americans.

Posted on 01/17/22 | MHA in the News | Read More
Daily Montanan: Health officials warn of hospital overcrowding with oncoming omicron surge

A coalition of Montana medical groups warned that hospitals are once again at risk of being extended beyond their caregiving capacity as the more transmissible omicron variant starts to spread across the state.

Posted on 01/13/22 | MHA in the News | Read More

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