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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

I-185: Complete coverage of the Montana voter initiative that would raise tobacco tax to pay for Medicaid

If passed by voters on Nov. 6, Initiative 185 would raise taxes on all tobacco products by $2 for a pack of cigarettes and eliminate the sunset date for expanded Medicaid services for low-income ... read more

Tobacco companies will not fight cigarette tax increase

Supporters say their goals include discouraging young people from smoking; lowering the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses under the state's Medicaid program ... on top of the 73-cent tax ... read more

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Matthew Glans: Oklahoma Medicaid 'rebalancing' is simply Medicaid expansion

Many of the expansion plans that states are now considering use federal dollars to expand their Medicaid programs to a larger portion of their state, creating new costs the federal government may not ... read more

Research & Commentary: Virginia Medicaid Costs Exceeding Projections Post-Expansion

In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans discusses the rapidly rising cost of Virginia's Medicaid program and how Medicaid expansion is exacerbating the problem. In November, Virginia became one ... read more

1 Medicaid Expansion Defeat Offers Lessons for Other States

Montana was one of four red states with Medicaid ... taxes on medical providers. But that was not the message of the initiative’s opponents, who ran ads claiming — falsely, proponents say — that the ... read more

Midterm election boosts Medicaid expansion, but challenges remain

Supporters ... a tax increase. It wasn’t a clean sweep, however, for Medicaid on Tuesday. In preliminary results, a ballot issue to fund Montana’s Medicaid expansion — which is already in place and ... 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 ... read more

Lawmakers send Medicaid funding package to governor

The move comes as the state faces a Medicaid funding gap that's snowballed to more than $800 million. Gov. Kate Brown is looking to pay down the rest of that funding shortfall through a tax increase ... read more

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