Senate candidate calls for Medicaid expansion
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Bohlinger is calling on Gov. Steve Bullock to convene a special legislative session to expand Medicaid to another 70,000 residents.
The former Republican lieutenant governor said Wednesday in a news conference that uninsured Montanans also should have the option to access state health clinics for public employees.
Earlier this year, the Legislature rejected a similar proposal to expand the Medicaid rolls. Senate President Jeff Essmann says the same result is likely if the Legislature meets again.
Essmann says the nation's new health-care law and a Medicaid expansion would mean higher insurance premiums and higher taxes.
Bullock has previously said he doesn't plan to call a special session "any time soon" to expand Medicaid because Republican leaders such as Essmann still oppose it.