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 By Keely Larson    News

Montana Passes Significant Health Policy Changes in Controversial Session

Republican leaders' banishment of a transgender lawmaker from floor debates in the recently ended Montana legislative session seized the nation's attention. It also overshadowed... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By Keely Larson    News

Montana Considers Requiring Insurance to Cover Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Katie Beall was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 1, 2022. Two days later, doctors told her the chemotherapy she needed would make her infertile. The next day, she started... — Updated 5/3/2023 Full story

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Tension Builds in Transgender Policy Debate in Montana

On April 13, Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr was sitting in the basement of Montana's Capitol building reflecting on her time as one of the state's first two openly transgender... — Updated 4/25/2023

 By Keely Larson    News

Montana May Require Insurers to Cover Monitoring Devices for Diabetes

In between sets of tumbling warmups, Adrienne Prashar crossed the gym to where she had stashed her diabetes supplies and tested her blood sugar. Prashar, who was diagnosed with Type... — Updated 4/11/2023

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Health Providers Scramble to Keep Remaining Staff Amid Medicaid Rate Debate

Andrew Johnson lets his clients choose what music to play in the car. As an employee of Family Outreach in Helena, Montana - an organization that assists developmentally disabled... — Updated 3/28/2023

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Montana Considers New Wave of Legislation to Loosen Vaccination Rules

When Deb Horning's daughter was 5, she got her measles, mumps, and rubella shot like many other kindergartners. But unlike many other moms, Horning had to stay away from her... — Updated 3/14/2023

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Amid Dire Suicide Rates in Montana, Governor Expands Student Mental Health Screening

Bella Nyman has struggled with her mental health since age 7, when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety. Nyman said she was afraid to tell her parents she had... — Updated 2/20/2023

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Montana Considers Allowing Physician Assistants to Practice Independently

Megan Zawacki started working at St. Peter's Health in Helena, Montana, in 2020 as a physician assistant trained in treating addiction. She had gone through specialized training... — Updated 2/14/2023

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Veteran Justice Rice seeks a fourth term; challenger D'Alton vows to serve just one

One Montana Supreme Court contest is getting the most attention – and the most campaign cash – but there's another race on the ballot, too. That race pits Justice Jim Rice, the... — Updated 10/29/2022

 By Keely Larson    News

Politics raises the stakes in Gustafson-Brown high court race

Montana voters will decide two Supreme Court races this fall, and one is attracting an unusual share of partisan attention. In that race, incumbent Justice Ingrid Gustafson, with... — Updated 10/24/2022


Initiative would make privacy of electronic data more explicit

Proponents say this year's constitutional amendment on the ballot will update Montanans' right to privacy for the 21st century, but opponents and analysts are wondering what, if... — Updated 10/19/2022


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