Montana politicians pen letters criticizing Department of Defense over pharmacy policy

HELENA, Mont. – Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Troy Downing penned a letter to the White House last week, criticizing the Department of Defense (DOD) for allowing a change in policy that could leave Montana veterans without an in-network pharmacy. TRICARE is the health program for the DOD, providing health benefits for active-duty military members, … Read more

Land Board approves purchase of Big Snowy Mountains Wildlife Management Area

The Montana Land Board on Monday approved the state’s purchase of a nearly 5,700-acre property in the Big Snowy Mountains north of Ryegate for a new wildlife management area. The board, made up of Gov. Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Austin Knudsen, Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen, Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen and state Auditor … Read more

Montana veterans may lose easy access to prescriptions

GREAT FALLS — Veterans in Montana and across the country who use TRICARE for their medication and prescription needs are under threat of losing easy access to these services. The Pharmacy Benefit Management Company, Express-Scripts is reducing the number of TRICARE pharmacies, as many as 15,000 locations. While this may work in areas of the … Read more

Commissioner Furious About Limiting Pharmacy Access to Military

Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) – Montana State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing issued a scathing letter on Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Defense and TRICARE drastically reducing the number of in-network pharmacies in Montana. KGVO News reached out to Commissioner Downing for more details of the action that could severely reduce access by veterans to the prescriptions … Read more

Out-of-state repair companies fined for alleged insurance scams following July hailstorm

Montana’s insurance commissioner has fined four out-of-state vehicle repair companies for allegedly illegal activity after they attempted to service cars in the Bigfork area following July’s massive hailstorm. Commissioner Troy Downing said his office targeted the companies for illegally waiving or offering to waive insurance deductibles. He said Montana law prohibits this practice because, in … Read more

Montana servicemembers honored at POW/MIA ceremony in Helena

HELENA — Advocates say dozens of Montana service members remain unaccounted for, as prisoners of war or missing in action. On Friday, people gathered in Helena to ensure that those servicemembers aren’t forgotten. Friday was the 43rd National POW/MIA Recognition Day. On a solemn, rainy morning, volunteers read out the names of 53 servicemembers who have … Read more

SEC charges 11 people in alleged $300 million crypto Ponzi scheme

KEY POINTS On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it charged 11 people for their roles in creating and promoting a fraudulent crypto pyramid and Ponzi scheme that raised more than $300 million from millions of retail investors worldwide, including in the United States. The scheme, called Forsage, claimed to be a decentralized smart … Read more

Troy Downing on Flood Damage, Home and Healthcare Insurance

Troy Downing is Montana’s State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner, and both those jobs keep him on the road throughout the state. Downing was in Missoula on Tuesday and was able to spend an hour answering questions from KGVO listeners on Talk Back. After describing the devastation caused by the June floods in southeastern Montana, Downing addressed the topic … Read more

Land Board Stalls Mount Haggin Land Addition

The Montana Land Board has put a possible acquisition of state land on hold, adding at least another month to the multi-year process of expanding a wildlife management area near Anaconda. On Monday, the Montana Land Board voted unanimously to table a popular proposal to allow Fish, Wildlife & Parks to buy 829 acres adjacent … Read more

Relatively disastrous’ hail storm shreds east Yellowstone County crops

When retired farmer Leroy Gabel heard hail pelting his house early Tuesday morning, his first thought was, “Oh, damn.” Gabel leaped from his bed to check his windows. It was 2:30 a.m., so there wasn’t much to see, but he spotted the telltale wind and pellets of ice. There wasn’t much to do but hope … Read more