Providers in Montana gathered in the capital city of Helena to voice their concerns over proposed Medicaid cuts across the healthcare industry. Members of the group testified before the Joint Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on Thursday, with a focus on what the proposed cuts mean for patients and providers. Attendees included Mike Calcaterra – Norco, Bill Dean, Eric Ecker – St. Vincent, Dan Harrington – Harrington Surgical Supplies, Alesha Rate – Norco/Big Sky, John Schroder, Mike Clark, Adam Pople – Bozeman Health Home Oxygen, Robin, James Olson, Matt Hill –Partners Medical Equipment, (WILL HAVE PEOPLE TO ADD SHORLTY)
The proposed cut by the Governor’s budget would take approximately $3 million out of the DME industry in Montana. Providers gave very real scenarios of what these cuts, in addition to the Medicare cuts, would mean for patients and costs. John Gallagher, VP of Government Relations for VGM was in Helena for the hearing and said, “The group did a phenomenal job today painting a very real picture of what these cuts will mean. Like many states, Montana is an extremely rural state meaning these providers are expected to continue to do more, with less.”
The group also had a meeting with the Govenor’s Office to discuss these cuts directly with his office. Additionally, the group met with Senator John Tester’s office in Helena (D-Mont.) and talked about the need for long-term reforms to the competitive bidding program.