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New health-care foundation trustees meet

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 20 2013 07:46:14 AM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

The trustees of the new Montana Healthcare Foundation are meeting to figure out how to build from scratch a $40 million organization meant to improve the quality and availability of health services in the state.
The seven trustees met for the first time Wednesday and Thursday. Trustee Denis Prager says the board envisions the foundation eventually will award grants to nonprofit health groups, but it is going to take a lot of time and work to get to that point.
The foundation was created from the sale Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana earlier this year to Health Care Service Corp.
Prager says it will take time to build the foundation's infrastructure and set priorities.