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Montana Lawmakers Approve Additional Child Care Funding

Thursday Montana’s American Rescue Plan Act Health Commission voted to advance $30 million in stabilization funding to child care providers impacted by the pandemic. Director of Public Health and Human Services Adam Meier explained during the commission meeting that these funds come from previously determined funds that were not yet approved. ...

New COVID Variant Not Yet Detected in Montana

The World Health Organization said Monday the newly detected omicron variant which has a high number of variations could bring a “very high” risk across the globe but so far the variant has not been detected in Montana. The state Department of Public Health and Human Services will notify people when the omicron variant is detected in Montana a...

Senator Daines Comments On Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers

Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services issued a statement recently expressing concern over the federal vaccine mandate for all health care workers saying it would exacerbate a worker shortage the state is already facing. Senator Steve Daines echoed those concerns during a recent press call. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp...

Montana DPHHS Recieves New Funding For Child Care

The Department of Public Health and Human Services has announced $31 million in federal funding is now available to Montana child care providers via an online application. Northern News Network’s Eric Young has the details. https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/10-08_737.mp3

Governor & DPHHS Announce New Substance-Abuse Program

Governor Greg Gianforte and the Department of Public Health and Human Services announced Wednesday Montana has contracted with six treatment providers to pilot an integrated evidence-based program to expand the state’s capacity to treat stimulant use disorders like methamphetamine use. The department’s Jon Ebelt. https://northernbroadcasting.c...

Montana Seeing An Increase In Ivermectin Illnesses

Ivermectin is a prescription medication for treating parasitic infections in humans and livestock but not for COVID-19. Following a rapid increase in illnesses in Montana related to ivermectin the state Department of Public Health and Human Services released a memo warning of the dangers of using it for COVID treatment. University of Washingto...

Governor Gianforte Won’t Enact Mandates Amid Rising COVID Numbers

Montana has crossed 50 percent of eligible residents vaccinated with over 456,726 Montanans now considered fully vaccinated. According to the Department of Public Health and Human Service website there have been 122,964 cumulative cases of COVID in Montana. The cumulative number of recoveries as of Monday was 117,420. You can visit the website...

Extended Medicaid Eligibility May End Soon

The Department of Public Health and Human Services is seeking federal permission to eliminate the continuous eligibility provision for Medicaid expansion of which about 100,000 Montanans are covered. Currently people remain eligible for coverage for a full year even if their income increases and they no longer meet financial requirements. The ...