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SB 405 - Expands Health Care Coverage - Montana Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Expands Health Care Coverage

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (28-21) - (Key vote)
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Title: Expands Health Care Coverage

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that expands health care coverage for low-income individuals.

Highlights:
  • Establishes the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes an individual to be eligible for health care coverage under the HELP Act if he or she is under 65 years old, is not pregnant, and has an income that does not exceed 138 percent of the poverty line (Secs. 4 & 7).
  • Requires the Department of Public Health and Human Services to contract at least 1 third-party administrator to assist in the delivery of health care services (Sec. 5).
  • Requires a HELP Act participant to pay an annual premium equal to 2% of the participant’s income (Sec. 7).
  • Requires a program participant to make co-payments for certain health care services, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 6):
    • The participant is seeking preventive health care services;
    • The participant is seeking generic pharmaceutical drugs;
    • The participant is seeking immunizations; or
    • The participant is seeking medically necessary health screenings ordered by a health care provider.
  • Establishes an oversight committee on the HELP Act made up of the following individuals (Sec. 11):
    • 2 senators from different parties;
    • 2 representatives from different parties; and
    • 5 individuals appointed by the governor.
  • Specifies that this bill terminates on June 30, 2019 (Sec. 28).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (54-42) - (Key vote)
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Title: Expands Health Care Coverage

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands health care coverage for low-income individuals.

Highlights:
  • Establishes the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes an individual to be eligible for health care coverage under the HELP Act if he or she is under 65 years old, is not pregnant, and has an income that does not exceed 138 percent of the poverty line (Secs. 4 & 7).
  • Requires the Department of Public Health and Human Services to contract at least 1 third-party administrator to assist in the delivery of health care services (Sec. 5).
  • Requires a HELP Act participant to pay an annual premium equal to 2% of the participant’s income (Sec. 7).
  • Requires a program participant to make co-payments for certain health care services, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 6):
    • The participant is seeking preventive health care services;
    • The participant is seeking generic pharmaceutical drugs;
    • The participant is seeking immunizations; or
    • The participant is seeking medically necessary health screenings ordered by a health care provider.
  • Establishes an oversight committee on the HELP Act made up of the following individuals (Sec. 11):
    • 2 senators from different parties;
    • 2 representatives from different parties; and
    • 5 individuals appointed by the governor.
  • Specifies that this bill terminates on June 30, 2019 (Sec. 28).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (28-21) - (Key vote)
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Title: Expands Health Care Coverage

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands health care coverage for low-income individuals.

Highlights:
  • Establishes the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act to provide health care coverage for low-income individuals (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes an individual to be eligible for health care coverage under the HELP Act if he or she is under 65 years old, is not pregnant, and has an income that does not exceed 138 percent of the poverty line (Secs. 4 & 7).
  • Requires a HELP Act participant to pay an annual premium equal to 2% of the participant’s income (Sec. 7).
  • Requires a program participant to make co-payments for certain health care services, except in the following circumstances (Sec. 6):
    • The participant is seeking preventive health care services;
    • The participant is seeking generic pharmaceutical drugs;
    • The participant is seeking immunizations; or
    • The participant is seeking medically necessary health screenings ordered by a health care provider.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Expands Health Care Coverage

Sponsors

  • Francis E. 'Ed' Buttrey (MT - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Tom Berry (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Taylor Brown (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mary M. Caferro (MT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Christy R. Clark (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Patrick O. 'Pat' Connell (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Rob A. Cook (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Steve Fitzpatrick (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Roy Hollandsworth (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Chuck Hunter (MT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Llewelyn E. 'Llew' Jones (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Wendy McKamey (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Pat Noonan (MT - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Rick Ripley (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Daniel R. 'Dan' Salomon (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William 'Nels' Swandal (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Bruce Tutvedt (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jeffrey W. Welborn (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
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