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Helena, Montana
Reporter, Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Reporter for the Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

If Montana expands Medicaid coverage, what’s the cost? And who gets the money?

missoulian.com — HELENA - If Montana chooses to expand Medicaid coverage as proposed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, hundreds of millions of federal dollars will pour into the state - and into the pockets of hospitals, physicians, pharmacies and other medical providers.

Bullock's Medicaid expansion at odds with GOP proposal

billingsgazette.com — Editor's note: This story is the first of a two-day series on Montana's Medicaid program, and the proposals to expand it. HELENA - In the past year, 22-year-old Steffanie Houck of Cardwell has seen multiple doctors for severe abdominal pain, but says now she can't afford any more visits - and has yet to get a diagnosis of what ails her.

How do Bullock, GOP Medicaid plans impact the state budget?

missoulian.com — HELENA - Under Gov. Steve Bullock's plan to expand Medicaid to cover as many as 70,000 poor Montanans, the state must pick up some of the tab - but his administration says the plan actually saves the state budget money.

Medicaid in Montana: What is it? What happens if it expands - or not?

missoulian.com — HELENA - In the past year, 22-year-old Steffanie Houck of Cardwell has seen multiple doctors for severe abdominal pain, but now she can't afford any more - and has yet to get a diagnosis of what ails her. "I never called back to get the referral (to a gastrointestinal) specialist, because we cannot afford it," she says.

Dead or alive? A look at major bills at 2015 Legislature's mid-point

missoulian.com — HELENA - Here's a quick summary of which major bills, by topic, are dead or alive now that the 2015 Legislature has reached its midpoint: DEAD: None. ALIVE: SB349 to require insurers that offer health insurance coverage that covers abortion to also offer coverage that doesn't include abortion.

Bullock, lawmakers agree: Heavy lifting coming in Legislature’s second half

missoulian.com — HELENA - As state lawmakers Friday wrapped up the first half of the 2015 Legislature, leaders from both parties and Gov. Steve Bullock agreed on at least one thing: The heavy lifting on the big issues is yet to come.

Man sentenced for trying to kidnap 10-year-old girl

billingsgazette.com — MISSOULA - A 34-year-old man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a nurse last spring has been sentenced for trying to kidnap a 10-year-old girl as she played with her brother in a Missoula park. District Judge Karen Townsend on Tuesday sentenced Coty James Low to 10 years under the supervision of the Department of Corrections with eight suspended.

'Fact Checker' calls out Sen. Tester on timber litigation

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - The Washington Post "fact checker" column Wednesday chastised U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for misstating facts last week about the impact of lawsuits on timber harvests in Montana. Tester, D-Mont., corrected his initial statement within 24 hours of making it last week and apologized, his spokeswoman said.

State Senate gives initial OK to Flathead water compact

missoulian.com — HELENA - The state Senate, after two hours of sometimes contentious debate, endorsed the Flathead water compact Wednesday evening, setting it up for yet another pitched battle in the House next month.

Washington Post calls out Tester for timber lawsuits misstatement

missoulian.com — HELENA - The Washington Post "fact checker" column Wednesday chastised U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for misstating facts last week about the impact of lawsuits on timber harvests in Montana. Tester, D-Mont., corrected his initial statement within 24 hours of making it last week and apologized, his spokeswoman said.
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Feb 27, 2015

That's the Daily Grind from the MT Cap and #mtleg. Have a good break, y'all. See you next Thursday. #mtpol

Feb 27, 2015

Bill to cap MT coal trust and use $ for building projects gets 30 votes in Sen, but needs a lot more: bit.ly/1AAXHGI #mtleg #mtpol

Feb 27, 2015

Morning, all. One last Daily Grind at #mtleg, before lawmaker ditch Helena for 6-day break. Lots of big issues undecided, but ... #mtpol

Feb 26, 2015

#mtleg 1 day from wrapping up 1st half; Medicaid, early ed, infrastructure, bjt still undecided, of course. That's the Daily Grind. #mtpol

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