Montana hit hardest in nation by cuts to children’s healthcare

HELENA – Greg Gianforte would support the budget plan released today, which doubles down on huge cuts to Medicaid and takes an axe to the Children’s Health Insurance Program which thousands of Montana kids rely on.

“I won’t stand for this Washington, D.C. assault on our healthcare that is being pushed through without bringing everyone to the table. No one should ever face bankruptcy just because they get sick, and cutting healthcare for Montana’s kids is an insult to our Montana values,” said Rob Quist. “Greg Gianforte supports the disastrous healthcare bill that would raise costs for hard-working Montanans, end protections for preexisting conditions and eliminate health coverage for 70,000 Montanans – and he would favor tax cuts for millionaires at our kids’ expense.”

Gianforte already said he was “thankful” for the Un-American Health Care Act, which cuts nearly $900 billion from Medicaid. The D.C. budget plan goes even further by cutting another $610 billion. That means Medicaid would be cut nearly in half within 10 years.

More than 142,000 Montanans are covered by Medicaid, including 70,000 people under Montana’s HELP Act who would lose their coverage altogether if the bill becomes law.

The budget also cuts $5.8 billion over 10 years to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nearly one-third of Montana children – more than 120,000 – are covered under Healthy Montana Kids, the state CHIP and Medicaid program.

Montana is one of the states hit hardest by the budget’s cuts to CHIP, second only to Mississippi.

Rob Quist last week hosted “Hands Off Our Health Care” events across the state to raise awareness about the terrible bill and to give Montanans a voice as politicians like Gianforte work against Montana’s interests.