Military members could lose access to local pharmacies, MT officials call for reversal

Active and retired Montana military members could face hours of windshield time to secure life-saving medications because of a reduction of local pharmacies covered by their health insurance, state and federal officials have warned. Beginning Monday, nearly 15,000 independent pharmacies across the country will no longer be in-network with Tricare, the U.S. military’s health care … Read more

How the No Surprises Act Affects the Uninsured

HOW THE NO SURPRISES ACT AFFECTS THE UNINSURED What is the NSA? When it comes to surprise medical bills, it’s the No Surprises Act, originally passed during the Donald Trump Administration, that took effect on January 1, 2022. The No Surprises Act (NSA) protects individuals with private health insurance from surprise medical bills. In other words, … Read more

Planning for the end of the PHE

Planning for the end of the Public Health Emergency In March 2020, the federal government declared a national “public health emergency” (PHE). With it, the Office of Public Assistance (Medicaid and Health Montana Kids) within the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) was required to suspend disenrollments for most Medicaid members (unless … Read more