Oct. 11, 2001
Contact: Lucas Hamilton
Health care roundtable series kicks off in Great Falls Morrison to hold first of seven discussions Oct. 16
Recent studies show that nearly one in five Montanans, approximately 165,000, do not have health insurance coverage and cannot afford it.
"One in five Montanans without health insurance is unacceptable," said State Auditor John Morrison, Montana's Insurance Commissioner. "The high health-care cost dilemma is widespread and escalating and it needs our immediate attention."
Morrison will hold seven roundtable discussions over the next few months to collect public comment on how to reduce the number of uninsured Montanans by making health insurance more affordable. Comments from these discussions will assist Morrison and Montana legislators in the development of health care legislation and policy.
Morrison plans to gather comment on several of his own proposals as well as those of others, and is interested in hearing new ideas. His plans include tax credits for small businesses, and allowing small businesses and local governments to pool their resources to buy the less expensive large-group insurance plans big companies use.
The meetings are open to the public. Anyone with an interest in health insurance and insurance costs is encouraged to attend.
The Great Falls meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 Oct. 16 in the Absolon Lounge at the University of Great Falls, 1301 20 St. S. Other meetings are scheduled for Nov. 5 in Kalispell, Nov. 6 in Missoula, Nov. 12 in Glendive, Nov. 13 in Billings, Jan. 8 in Butte and Jan. 10 in Bozeman.
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