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Medicaid Expansion Could Save Montana Money in First 2 Years

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By LISA BAUMANN
Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - After a bumpy road to get there, Medicaid expansion could come to Montana as early as November.

When it's implemented, about 80,000 low-income Montanans will be newly eligible to enroll in Medicaid.

The costs will be covered by the federal government if it's put into place in 2016.

The state is projected to spend about $5 million on the program in 2017, but officials say those costs will be offset by federal dollars. That's because federal dollars coming in for expansion will allow Montana to reduce its funding to existing programs for uninsured people such as those with mental health needs.

Medicaid expansion is projected to cost the state about $10 million in 2018 and about $17 million in 2019, as contributions from the federal government gradually decrease to 90 percent.

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