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ICYMI: Health Care Bill Could Jeopardize Montana’s Infrastructure And Education

Daines Focused on Eliminating Funding for Women's Health Care

Lee Newspapers reported on a new Manatt Health report estimating that Montana would lose $5.3 billion in federal Medicaid funding between 2020 and 2026, which equals 40% of Montana’s total federal Medicaid funding. Meanwhile, Sen. Steve Daines made it clear in an interview with Montana Public Radio that he is less concerned with Medicaid funding, and more concerned with taking away women’s health care.

Billings Gazette: $5.3B projected cuts from health care bill so severe, Montana could struggle to pay for education, infrastructure

  • Medicaid covers one in four Montanans, or more than 216,000 people, almost half of whom are children.
  • The Senate bill would kill the Medicaid expansion in 2021, which helps ensure 79,000 Montanans have health coverage.
  • The Senate bill would also cap federal spending to all Medicaid recipients, affecting care for more than 96,000 children and 19,000 adults with disabilities.  
  • Deborah Bachrach, a partner with Manatt put it another way: “We’re putting at risk coverage for 75,000 Montanans and we’re looking at a loss in federal funding in excess of $5 billion for the state. It’s children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. It’s rural hospitals. It’s community health centers. It’s doctors.”

Montana Public Radio: Sen Daines' Support For Healthcare Bill Hinges On De-funding Planned Parenthood

  • When asked point blank if he would vote against the bill if it included funding for Planned Parenthood, Senator Daines replied simply, “I would.”
  • Planned Parenthood operates five clinics in Montana, serving 13,000 to 14,000 patients a year.
  • General health and prevention services such as cancer screenings, annual exams, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases account for 95% of services provided by Planned Parenthood.
  • If passed, the Senate health care bill would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.
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