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Medicaid In Montana: How Medicaid Impacts Montana’s State Budget, Economy, And Health

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Montana’s Medicaid program provides low-income
Montanans—from children to seniors to the disabled to the
medically needy—access to health care services that support
their health and well-being. In 2021, Medicaid provided coverage to
approximately one in four Montanans. During the COVID-19 pandemic,
Montana Medicaid has been an invaluable health care safety net for
individuals impacted by economic instability and pandemic-related
health needs. It preserved coverage for enrollees who might have
been disenrolled, ensuring that they would be able to access
essential health services during this difficult time.

In “Medicaid in Montana: How Medicaid Impacts Montana’s
State Budget, Economy, and Health,” the second annual report
commissioned by the Montana Healthcare Foundation, Manatt Health
provides an in-depth analysis of the program, its cost and its
impacts on health in the state. In the first research of its kind,
the analysis shows that Montana’s Medicaid expansion led to
lower use of high-cost emergency services and increased access to
lower-cost primary care and outpatient specialty services. The
report also shows that Montana spends a lower proportion of the
state general fund to finance its Medicaid program than peer

Manatt Health also assisted in developing the report’s
databook, which allows readers to conduct more in-depth analyses of

To access the full report and accompanying databook, click here.

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