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Supporters say tobacco tax increase will cover Medicaid costs despite Big Tobacco claims

The campaign for the statewide initiative to increase Montana's tobacco tax to pay for the state's share of Medicaid expansion coverage for lower income residents is already the most expensive in ... read more

Measure supported by health-care providers, opposed by ‘Big Tobacco’

Initiative 185 would raise taxes on tobacco products — taxes on cigarettes would increase by $2 a pack ... no more than $26 million to cover those costs. It is deceptive to claim that I-185 fully fund... read more

Legislative Sidestep

First it would increase the tobacco ... despite that, opponents argue the measure is akin to an unfunded mandate since the tax alone won’t provide enough funds to cover the cost of Medicaid ... read more

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Money from I-185 would partially fund Medicaid expansion in Montana – and other programs

All of these charges are generally true – although supporters of I-185 say ... would increase state tobacco taxes by about $74 million a year, including a $2-per-pack hike on cigarettes. It also would ... read more


Voters Just Say No to Higher Cigarette Taxes in All But 1 State

After the last tax increase in 2010, the portion of cigarettes that were illegally smuggled in the state rose slightly. Still, the rate of smoking has declined 19 percent since then. But supporters sa... read more

GOP lawmakers want work requirement for low-income Medicaid recipients in Montana

Earlier this year, at the urging of the White House, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued guidance that would let states apply for waivers that require people to work to be eligible fo... read more

Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Ryan blasts Medicare for all

Ryan said the embrace of Medicare for all shows that the Democratic Party has "gone off the rails. Ryan warned that the plan favored by "the Left" would result in Americans having no choice about the ... read more

After Trump clears the way, GOP states move to charge poor for health care

Earlier this month, the administration approved Indiana's plan to raise premiums for poor people who smoke tobacco. Some health care experts say these new Medicaid policies ... federal poverty line wi... read more



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