Helena – A new study from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows that Medicaid expansion in Montana has majorly benefited the state’s economy, increases Montanans’ access to health care, and spurs economic activity and job growth.
Wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale, however, voted against a bipartisan move to bring a Medicaid expansion bill to the floor in 2015 – this expansion that Rosendale opposed gave health care coverage to 90,000 Montanans.
The new economic analysis found that Medicaid expansion contributes more than half a billion dollars in health care dollars to Montana’s economy. In addition, it reduces state spending on Medicaid by more than $40 million, supported 5,000 jobs a year, and has drastically cut the uninsurance rate in Montana from 20 percent in 2013 to just 7 percent in 2016, with more than 90,000 Montanans gaining access to health care.
And as Insurance Commissioner, Rosendale pushed against Medicaid expansion and rubber stamped higher health care costs for Montanans. Instead of helping provide access to health care in Montana, Rosendale has shown time and again that he doesn’t have anyone’s interests in mind but his own.
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