Since 2013, Montana’s uninsured rate has dropped from 20% to 8.6%. This drop is largely due to new coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace and expanded Montana Medicaid.

The Cover Montana project works to connect Montanans who have questions about enrolling in health insurance options with a local enrollment assister who can walk them through the process. This is largely done through the Cover Montana website. Enrollment assisters are located at Health Centers, Urban Indian Health Centers, hospitals, Indian Health Service, Tribal Health, and other organizations. In the fall of 2021, MPCA was awarded a CMS Navigator grant to provide statewide outreach and enrollment assistance. MPCA also facilitates the Cover Montana project and provides training and technical assistance to enrollment assisters from across Montana. Trainings are done via webinar and MPCA Population Health and Enabling Services Summit that happens in October. Stay in the loop, sign up for the Cover Montana email list.

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Cover Montana Trainings & Technical Assistance

Looking for information about your coverage options? Visit the Cover Montana website.
Sign up for the Cover Montana email updates and learn about upcoming training opportunities. Sign up here.
If you have questions about becoming a Certified Application Counselor, email Olivia.

Trainings and Webinars:

Information about all Cover Montana and MPCA webinars is also available on the calendar.

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Cover Montana Summit! Agenda and registration coming soon.

Recent Cover Montana Learning Series webinars:
– June 9, 2022 – Understanding Behavioral Health Access and Coverage – RecordingSlides
– May 11, 2022 – Making sense of the health insurance appeals process – RecordingSlides – Montana CSI appeals handout
– April 6th, 2022 – Preparing for the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) – RecordingSlides
– March 9, 2022 – The No Surprises Act – What Montana Consumers Need to Know – RecordingSlidesUS PIRG Handout

The federal Public Health Emergency (PHE)

What is the Public Health Emergency, and how does it impact Montana Medicaid?
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Montana Medicaid didn’t process redeterminations to check eligibility for Medicaid. Throughout the pandemic, individuals on Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids didn’t have to worry about providing updated information to DPHHS to keep their health care coverage. The public health emergency is still in effect but could end in the next year.

Once the public health emergency ends, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will start the long process of redeterminations for everyone enrolled in Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids. There are currently more than 270,000 Montanans who are covered by Montana Medicaid and Healthy Montana kids, and all of them will be redetermined in the 12 months following the end of the public health emergency. However, since DPHHS hasn’t been regularly processing redeterminations, they probably do not have everyone’s current address. Enrollees will learn about the redetermination process, if they need to provide any information, and the status of their case through the mail.