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Bill limiting medical care for transgender youth passes committee again

BY: - February 22, 2021

Before the House Judiciary Committee again passed a bill limiting medical care to transgender youth, Shawn Reagor told legislators House Bill 427 would have life or death consequences. Reagor said he spent hours in the emergency room’s parking lot last week waiting to learn the fate of a 19-year-old transgender woman who attempted suicide. The […]

Montana Historical Society offers new virtual tour of Montana’s Capitol

BY: - February 22, 2021

The pandemic threw a curveball to Montana’s 4-H and Future Farmer of America’s annual tour of the Montana Capitol Building, so 4-H and FFA coordinator Andee Baker turned to the Montana Historical Society for help. The state agency partnered with the non-profit Helena Civic TV’s Jeanie Warner to create a video tour of the capitol […]

Health Workers and Hospitals Grapple With Millions of Counterfeit N95 Masks

BY: - February 22, 2021

Thousands of counterfeit 3M respirators have slipped past U.S. investigators in recent months, making it to the cheeks and chins of health care workers and perplexing experts who say their quality is not vastly inferior to the real thing. N95 masks are prized for their ability to filter out 95% of the minuscule particles that […]

Doctor: bill limiting trans care is ‘huge infringement’ on duty to do no harm

BY: - February 22, 2021

The state’s only pediatric urologist fears she will have to relocate if a bill barring gender-affirming surgeries on transgender youth passes into law — even though she has never performed such a surgery on a minor. “I don’t do gender-affirming surgery for children,” said Dr. Erin Grantham, a board-certified pediatric urologist who has been practicing […]

Spurred by pandemic, Little Shell Tribe fast-tracks its health service debut

BY: - February 22, 2021

Linda Watson draped a sweater with the words “Little Shell Chippewa Tribe” over her as she received the newly recognized tribal nation’s first dose of covid-19 vaccine. “I wanted to show my pride in being a Little Shell member,” Watson, 72, said. “The Little Shell are doing very good things for the people.” Watson has […]

Bullock’s Board of Public Ed appointments out

BY: - February 21, 2021

In a departure from tradition, neither of former Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s appointments to the Montana Board of Public Education held onto their seats during the 2021 Montana Legislature. Sharon Carroll, who served on the board for 14 years, submitted her resignation before the Senate Education and Cultural Resources Committee took up her confirmation last […]

Stafman follows divine flow to the Legislature

BY: - February 21, 2021

The first question of Jewish law that Representative Ed Stafman had to settle following the beginning of his tenure as a rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman was, naturally, related to fishing. Is it, as a person of the Jewish faith, ethical to catch a fish and release it back into the river, a […]

‘Pay for delay’ bill aims to curb exorbitant drug costs

BY: - February 20, 2021

It’s called “pay for delay” and the federal government estimates it costs citizens more than $35 billion each year. The practice, which centers on pharmaceutical drug company patents and generic drug manufacturers, has caught the attention of 39 other states that have enacted more than 60 laws to address the problem, and Rep. Katie Sullivan, […]

To vaccinate veterans, healthcare workers must cross mountains, plains and tundra

BY: - February 20, 2021

A Learjet 31 took off before daybreak from Helena Regional Airport in Montana, carrying six Veterans Affairs medical providers and 250 doses of historic cargo cradled in a plug-in cooler designed to minimize breakage. Even in a state where 80-mph speed limits are normal, ground transportation across long distances is risky for the Moderna mRNA-1273 […]

How Marjorie Taylor Greene ascended from Atlanta suburbs to D.C. spotlight

BY: - February 20, 2021

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s short career as a politician has not lacked for drama. The woman known as the QAnon-supporting congresswoman has been a source of puzzlement for liberals and headaches for mainstream conservatives, but her supporters call her a champion. Voters say they love her not only for her strong pro-gun and anti-abortion stances, […]

Winners and losers from health and human services on Friday

BY: - February 19, 2021

A marathon subcommittee meeting on Friday diced and dissected the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, cutting some programs and adding to others, but without the deep $1 billion cut Republican lawmakers had threatened earlier. On Thursday, the Joint Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Part B agreed to start with the proposed 2021 […]

Right-to-work bills get committee hearing

BY: - February 19, 2021

Two of Montana’s largest employers and the labor unions who represent the bulk of their workers found common ground this week, uniting in a committee hearing to oppose a major overhaul to private-sector labor law in Montana, a state with a storied union history. At issue is House Bill 251, the most sweeping of several […]