By MATT VOLZ 

Federal health officials OK Montana Medicaid waiver

 

Last updated 11/2/2015 at 10:29pm



HELENA — Montana will become the 30th state to expand its Medicaid program after federal health officials on Monday approved provisions that include requiring beneficiaries to pay premiums that amount to 2 percent of their income.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the federal waiver needed for state officials to start enrollment immediately and begin coverage on Jan. 1.

"I am pleased to stand before you today to say that for over 70,000 Montanans, the wait is finally over," Bullock told a large crowd of supporters in the Capitol.

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