Public Hearing on HB 2: Funding for Mental Health System

Raise your voice for a better Montana by testifying on this bill. Write out your comments in advance, then follow the link to sign up to testify or submit written comment

What: HB 2, Public hearing on Mental Health funding

When: Tuesday, February 7th @ 8 AM-Noon

Where: Appropriations Subcommittee B – Room 102 – Sign up to testify or submit written comment

Contact for questions: Rep. Mary Caferro (D) – (406) 461-2384

Talking Points:

  • Please fund the Medicaid provider rates at the level in the Guide House study.  Please base decisions on data and pay providers the real cost of doing business.

  • [Provide a personal story if you’d like]

  • Dedicated workers should not have to sacrifice their health and that of their families caring for MT’s most vulnerable people.

  • Vulnerable people need to be cared for in their homes, and communities, by friends and neighbors close to their loved ones.

  • They should not have to leave their communities and homes to get the care they need.

  • It’s important that the administration immediately engage the public, providers and families in the Governor’s plan for mental health.

  • MT has a mental health crisis and a crisis with nursing homes closing. In order for Montana to address these tragedies we need to fund a competitive wage. If we do not, Montanans will struggle to find affordable and accessible mental health care.

  • The Democrats fought for increases in Medicaid services and provider rates.  The Governor said, no, we need to study the obvious instead and base decisions on data. He ignores the data and his budget underfunded the cost of providing care by tens of millions of dollars. Now the decision is in the legislature’s hands.  Nursing homes and mental health providers have closed their doors leaving vulnerable people and their families out in the cold. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to solve the problem. Let’s do it. Fund Medicaid providers at the rate in the study. No less.

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