Montana hospitals cut jobs and services as rising costs strain budgets
The pandemic has intensified a long-running health care worker shortage that has hit especially hard in large, rural states like Montana, which have few candidates to replace workers who depart.
Butte residents worry about dust from Montana Resources mine
Residents have received assurances that the level of particulate matter in their neighborhood isn’t hazardous, but some doubt those standards protect human health.
Montana’s rolled-back public health powers leave some areas in limbo
A year after a new Montana law stripped local health boards of their rulemaking authority, confusion and power struggles are creating a patchwork oversight system that may change how public health is administered long after the pandemic is over.
The pandemic exacerbates the ‘Paramedic Paradox’ in rural America
Larger departments are trying to attract paramedics by boosting pay and offering hefty signing bonuses. But small teams in underserved counties across the U.S. don’t have the budgets to compete.
Long waits for Montana State Hospital leave psychiatric patients in jail
Montana State Hospital’s forensic facility, which evaluates and treats patients in the criminal justice system, has always had a waitlist, court records show, but the pandemic has lengthened it.
Dangerous levels of lead found in water of half the schools tested in Montana
About half of Montana schools that had tested their water by mid-February under a new state rule had high levels of lead, according to state data.
‘Heart’ of Little Shell: Montana’s newest federally recognized tribe to open first clinic
For the first time, Little Shell members will have guaranteed access to health services — and see their culture reflected in the offerings. The brick-and-mortar hub is a powerful symbol for a tribe that lacks a reservation.
Some Montana nonprofit hospitals fall short in required charitable giving
Montana’s richest nonprofit hospitals receive millions of dollars in tax exemptions each year to operate as charities, but some fall short of other medical facilities in what they give back to their communities to get those breaks.
Montana, other states step up efforts to regulate pharmacy drug brokers
Montana is one testing ground for whether more transparency leads to lower drug prices with a new law that places those businesses under state oversight.
In Missoula, a 911 call now brings a mixed team of helpers – and maybe no cops
Missoula began sending a special crew on emergency mental health calls in November, and it is now one of six mobile crisis response programs in Montana.