BOZEMAN, Mont. 5/29/14 - Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after gathering signatures with volunteers from the Healthy Montana Initiative in support of a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid to 70,000 uninsured Montanans:
Tester today met folks around Bozeman in support of the initiative - known as I-170. Expanding Medicaid would expand healthcare coverage to Montanans who make up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which is $16,000 per year for an individual and $27,000 per year for a family of three. I-170 would allow the state of Montana to accept federal funds to expand eligibility.
In 2013, the Montana Legislature blocked Medicaid expansion by a single vote.