MONTANA -- Governor Steve
Bullock today announced measures to waive out-of-pocket copayments for
low-income Montanans covered by Healthy Montana Kids, ensure Montanans covered
by Medicaid won’t lose coverage for inability to pay premiums, and allow
immediate registration of out-of-state licensed providers in Montana to
strengthen the state’s health care response to COVID-19.
to quality health care is more crucial now than ever,”
“Today’s actions protect affordable care for low-income Montanans and
expand our ability to rapidly respond to COVID-19 by increasing the number of
health care providers who can serve the immediate health care needs in our
Montanans with Medicaid and
CHIP receive a comprehensive benefit plan which including features important
during this unprecedented time. Members have access to services delivered
through telehealth, behavioral health services, and coverage for most 90-day
immediately, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is
waiving all copay requirements under the Healthy Montana Kids Plan for more
than 21,000 children during the emergency period. The Medicaid and Healthy
Montana Kids Programs cover more than 100,000 children in Montana, but
co-payments for all other adults and children covered by these programs were
eliminated by the 2019 Legislature.
department will no longer suspend health coverage for lack of payment of Medicaid
premiums. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires states to keep
people covered by Medicaid and CHIP in order to receive the enhanced state
Medicaid funds the act provides. During the uncertain financial times for
working families, this will ensure families don’t experience a barrier to
accessing care during the COVID-19 outbreak.
actions also authorize the immediate registration of out-of-state licensed
health care professionals in Montana. As provided in state law, the
Governor is directing the Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) to implement
an interstate licensure registration for out-of-state health care providers,
which will allow qualified providers to begin practicing in Montana immediately
and assist the state in responding to COVID-19.
professionals from out-of-state can
to work for the duration of the Governor’s emergency
declaration. There is no fee and registration only requires DLI to verify
licensure in another state.