Montana May Be Model For Future Medicaid Work Requirement

Ruth McCafferty, who works in Kalispell, Mont., credits the training she got through the state’s Medicaid expansion with helping her get a good job.

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Ruth McCafferty, who works in Kalispell, Mont., credits the training she got through the state’s Medicaid expansion with helping her get a good job.

Eric Whitney / MTPR

Montana State Senator Ed Buttrey is a no-nonsense businessman from the central part of the state. Like a lot of Republicans, he’s not a fan of the Affordable Care Act and its expansion of Medicaid, health insurance for the poor and disabled.

“We didn’t want to implement a plan that was another entitlement that just had a bunch of people signing up to get free or cheap or subsidized health care,” says Buttrey, who represents Great Falls. “We wanted a plan that said, ‘We’re going to get you on. We’re going to get you healthy. We’re going to identify your barriers to employment or better employment, and then we’re going to move you off the

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/23/506121944/montana-may-be-model-for-future-medicaid-work-requirement?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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