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Medicaid Information Session Coming Up

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GREAT FALLS -

A local group is going beyond political party lines to help make sure that Montanan's have the healthcare that they need. You see them out on the streets and at your church, but while you may be quick to dismiss them these local's are gathering important signatures to help give the working class Montana a voice.

"We're collecting signatures to put the house initiative 170 and get the house initiative on the ballot for vote in November. because we believe that this is such an important issue, that every person in Montana that votes should have an opportunity to have a voice," says volunteer, Melissa Smylie.

House initiative 170 would cover the working poor people who are not able to afford healthcare even with the new federal healthcare, this would in turn create a working healthcare system that montana needs.

"We have people there representing the rural communities, we have a doctor coming in from a rural clinic from Teton County to talk about what Medicaid expansion would mean for the rural community for the rural healthcare center. We have Kathy Avis from Benefis talking about how it will effect the hospital we have Roger McConnell from Vets 4 Vets talking about what does this mean for veterans," explains Jules Shindel.

Folks from all different walks of life have volunteered their time to help bring this message to the public's attention in order to help fellow Montanan's afford medical expenses.

"The most important thing is we need 24,175 signatures to get it on the ballot. Anyone who signs this petition, it's not for it or against it, it's just to get it on the ballot. We're Americans we deserve the opportunity to vote. If any one wants to sign the petition they can go to A. Hooker's Gallery which is at 900 Central Avenue West, any time between 9 and 5:30 Monday through Friday and 10 to 2 on Saturday and there should be somebody there to get their signatures," says Shindel.

On Thursday June 12th at the Benefis Camron auditorium the entire community is invited to the help information session on the expansion of medicaid starting at 7 pm.

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