HEALTH REFORM IN MONTANA

Health care in Montana will be profoundly affected by the implementation of the health reform law, starting in 2014.

The two biggest changes that will affect HIV patients and HIV care providers in every state are the Medicaid Expansion Option, and the new Insurance Exchange (Marketplace).

MEDICAID

As a provider, it will become increasingly important for you to have access to Medicaid patients in the coming years. All states now have the option of expanding the state Medicaid program to cover all low-income individuals without category. Many states have also made the move to managed care systems in recent years, or may do so in the future.

Learn about the decisions the state has made regarding the Medicaid Expansion option, and how to connect your practice to the state Medicaid program system.

INSURANCE EXCHANGE (MARKETPLACE)

Starting in 2014, the state will have a new Insurance Exchange (Marketplace) run by either the state, or the Federal government. Thousands of uninsured patients in the state will be able to purchase new individual and small group insurance plans offered by insurers.

Providers must contract with each insurer separately to be included in the plan’s network.

Learn about the state’s marketplace, what insurers are offering plans in it, and how to contact them about including your practice in their network.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law, including the Medicaid Expansion Option in our health reform policy section.

Learn about the State Insurance Exchanges (Marketplaces), and the Essential Health Benefits, that must be covered by the new Qualified Health Plans, and the requirement that they contract with certain Essential Community Providers, like Ryan White clinics.