Healthy Montana Kids Plan Act
Montana Ballot Measure - Initiative 155
Election: General Nov. 4, 2008 (General)
Categories:Entitlements and the Safety Net
Minors and Children
Unemployed and Low-Income
Government Budget and Spending
A LAW PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION
I-155 establishes the Healthy Montana Kids plan to expand and coordinate health coverage for uninsured children under the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Montana Medicaid Program, and employer-sponsored health insurance. The State Health Department may: raise income eligibility levels for children under CHIP and Medicaid; simplify transitions between CHIP and Medicaid coverage; provide assistance for children in employer-sponsored insurance; and work with health care providers, schools, organizations, and agencies to encourage enrollment of uninsured children. Funding for I-155 will come from a share of the insurance premium tax and federal matching funds.
I-155 costs an estimated $22 million of state funds, paid from the treasury with a share of current revenues from the insurance premium tax.
Actual expenditures will depend on other factors, including the amount of federal matching dollars and enrollment.
 FOR expanding CHIP and Medicaid eligibility for uninsured children, coordinating childrens health coverage, and encouraging enrollment of eligible children.
 AGAINST expanding CHIP and Medicaid eligibility for uninsured children, coordinating childrens health coverage, and encouraging enrollment of eligible children.