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Initiative Gaining Support to Expand Medicaid in Montana

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A new initiative is making an effort to expand the Medicaid program in the Treasure State.

The campaign for the Healthy Montana Initiative is still in the early stages, but it has already gotten the support of Gov. Bullock, Lt. Governor McLean and many Montana organizations saying it is a win-win situation for the Treasure State.

Initiative supporter and Planned Parenthood representative, Jules Shindel, says "No one should have to choose between paying a light bill and having health insurance."

The Healthy Montana Initiative is a push to expand the medicaid program in the Treasure State by providing health insurance for 70,000 Montanans that currently do not qualify for assistance.

"I've meet with so many people who are just excited to get insurance for the first time," says Shindel.

Supporters of the initiative say it is a smart financial move for the state.

"It saves the tax payers $86 million dollars and it is adding 12,000 jobs while keeping the community healthy and working."

Shindel adds that if Montana does not accept the federal funds being offered to expand Medicaid then the money will go to another state's program.

Currently, the Healthy Montana Initiative needs about 24,000 signatures from the community, so it can be added to the ballot during the November elections.

Anyone interested in signing the initiative can do so at a Planned Parenthood location.

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