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2015 Legislative Priorities


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HB 249: The Healthy Montana Plan (Medicaid Expansion)
Stance: Proponent
*Update: 3/06: Bill Not Passed by House Human Services Committee, 10-7
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Would expand Medicaid to 70,000 low-income Montanans.Expanding Medicaid means dollars saved for Montana, particularly when it comes to family planning, where every dollar invested saves $4 down the road.

SB 405: Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act (Medicaid Expansion, Take 2)
Stance: Proponent
*Update: 4/29: Governor Bullock signed this bill into law
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A bipartisan compromise to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion to get 70,000 Montanans health care.Expanding Medicaid means dollars saved for Montana, particularly when it comes to family planning, where every dollar invested saves $4 down the road.

SB 349: Abortion coverage in health insurance exchange
Stance: Opponent
*Update: 4/29:  Vetoed by the Governor 
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Places restrictions on abortion coverage in health insurance plans offered through the health exchange.It is unnecessary, problematic in nature, and will place a heavy burden on insurance companies.Women in Montana deserve health insurance that meets their changing needs and provides access to the full range of women’s health services.

HB 425: Constitutional Amendment to define person (Personhood)
Stance: Opponent
*Update: 4/8: Senate Judiciary Committee vote failed; bill died in committee
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Would extend the legal rights of human beings to fertilized eggs, effectively end a woman's right to choose, ban several of the most common forms of birth control, restrict fertility treatments, and put an end to stem-cell research. Put forth to attempt to undermine the foundations of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.Would need a 2/3 vote to pass, or 100 of 150 Legislators.

HB 479: Montana unborn child pain and suffering prevention act
Stance: Opponent
*Update: 4/30:  Vetoed by the Governor
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Forces doctors to anesthetize a fetus prior to an abortion happening at 20 weeks or later even if it is not in the doctor’s best judgment, and could result in hefty penalties.Puts physicians in theimpossible situation of deciding between a woman, her fetus, or jail time. In an emergency situation, medical professionals should be focused on providing the best care possible, not worrying if their actions will put them in jail.

HB 587: Requiring physical presence of practitioners when performing abortionservices
Stance: Opponent
*Update: 4/27: Vetoed by the Governor
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Would drive early, affordable abortion care out of reach for many Montana women, particularly in rural areas. This bill interferes with safe, evidence-based practice of medicine, putting government in the role of physician.
 
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