Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:10 AM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - A coalition of activist groups launched a ballot campaign to expand Medicaid in Montana on Wednesday.
The Healthy Montana Initiative would give voters a choice about whether or not 70,000 more low income Montanans could receive government funded health insurance. This is an option passed down to states under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called "Obamacare."
This comes just a few months after Republicans in the 63rd Montana Legislature rejected the idea, saying it was too expensive and adding more people to a system with poor health outcomes was a bad idea.
Many lobbying groups criticized the Legislature's decision, saying it left the vulnerable behind and many Montanans are going without critical healthcare.
In order to qualify for the ballot, the ballot language must be approved and the committee must collect about 24,000 signatures.
We will have more on this later today.