Healthcare

Montanans Against Assisted Suicide: New law would protect vulnerable, disabled and elderly

BY: - February 3, 2023

Anita Cameron rushed to her mother’s bedside in Washington, coming from Colorado to be with her. The doctor said her mother’s body was shutting down, after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Maybe she had a few days left. Cameron said the doctor offered medication that would hasten her mother’s death. Instead, Cameron took her mother […]

State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

BY: - February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers. Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a nonprofit, […]

Bill would outlaw physician-assisted death, reversing Montana’s current practice

BY: - February 1, 2023

Robert Baxter wanted to die, and he needed a physician’s help. He and another terminally ill man challenged the right to obtain medical help in a legal fight that wound its way to the Montana Supreme Court. He died the day the Montana Supreme Court decided his legal case. His daughter testified on Wednesday that […]

Transgender people in rural America struggle to find doctors willing or able to provide care

BY: - January 30, 2023

For Tammy Rainey, finding a health care provider who knows about gender-affirming care has been a challenge in the rural northern Mississippi town where she lives. As a transgender woman, Rainey needs the hormone estrogen, which allows her to physically transition by developing more feminine features. But when she asked her doctor for an estrogen […]

As states seek to limit abortions, Montana wants to redefine what is medically necessary

BY: - January 29, 2023

Montana’s conservative leaders, stymied by the courts from passing laws that impose significant statewide abortion restrictions, seek to tighten the state’s Medicaid rules to make it more difficult for low-income women to receive abortions. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is proposing to define when an abortion is medically necessary, limit who […]

Montana hospitals push back on lawmakers’ push to examine tax-exempt status

BY: - January 28, 2023

Montana lawmakers on Wednesday asked a seemingly straightforward question of hospitals: What do we get for $146 million? That’s the amount of tax breaks given to nonprofit hospitals in the state that are granted that status and do not pay many taxes. Within that same year, hospitals reported nearly $250 million of value and services […]

Sen. Bob Fuller, R-Kalispell, testifies in favor of his Senate Bill 99 on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Opponents of Montana transgender bill say it could cripple health care, lead to more suicides

BY: - January 27, 2023

A woman who testified in opposition to a Republican measure that seeks to deny gender-affirming care to transgender youth in Montana and penalize doctors and nurses who support those efforts – the third such bill over the last two sessions – said she thought about killing herself every day for 50 years before she finally […]

Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

BY: - January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — A Texas judge could decide as soon as next month whether to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull its two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill, which accounts for more than half of pregnancy terminations in the United States. A nationwide injunction in the case, as requested by anti-abortion groups, would […]

Abortion clinic owner in the South: ‘I don’t need a welcome mat’

BY: - January 24, 2023

A looming local ordinance banning abortion clinics, daily protestors and a lawsuit by her landlord do not faze Diane Derzis, owner of the newly established Bristol Women’s Health clinic located about a mile across the Tennessee border in Virginia. Since it opened in July, Derzis’ abortion clinic has also drawn condemnation from the local Catholic […]

Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, testifies in favor of Senate Bill 154 in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

Healthcare, abortion providers warn: New Montana abortion rules will be challenged in court

BY: - January 23, 2023

As the State of Montana considers changing rules to make getting an abortion using Medicaid more difficult and restrictive, a group of healthcare providers sent a letter via their attorneys warning the state and lawmakers that adopting the proposed rules will lead to a lawsuit. The letter, sent on Monday to Paula Stannard, the chief […]

VP Harris in Florida: ‘Can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her life?’

BY: , , and - January 23, 2023

In a direct challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to his back yard Sunday to announce that President Joe Biden was ordering his administration to protect access to abortion-inducing medications. During a roughly 20-minute address in Tallahassee marking what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Harris […]

Luring out-of-state professionals is the first step to solving Montana’s healthcare worker shortage

BY: - January 23, 2023

Jenna Eisenhart spent nearly six years as a licensed therapist in Colorado before deciding to move to a place with a greater need for her services. She researched rural states facing a shortage of behavioral health providers and accepted a job as a lead clinical primary therapist at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena, Montana, in […]