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Partnership for Montana’s Future

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Join legislators, advocates, and friends to explore issues regarding budget, health care, education, conservation, labor, and more. This all day summit will include:

  • National and state experts, influential state leaders, elected officials and experienced policy analysts and advocates offering their insights and expertise.
  • Sessions to coordinate work during the session to build a strong economy, fight poverty, and reduce inequality.
  • Workshops to build skills and learn from one another.
  • Opportunities to network and share lessons and strategies with colleagues from around the state.
  • An evening program and reception.

Agenda will be available soon.

Register at no cost here.

For more information or to become a sponsor contact Tara Jensen at 406-422-5848 or

It’s Time to Expand Medicaid in Montana.

Expanding Medicaid in Montana is critical and will impact real working people. Medicaid expansion would provide up to 70,000 Montanans with affordable health care coverage.

Watch this new video from MBPC to listen to Michele’s story and hear how expanding Medicaid would benefit her. Michele’s Story 

We also want to share with you a Montana physician’s perspective on how Medicaid expansion would benefit his patients, his business, and the health of our state and our communities. Dr. Griffin’s story

Medicaid expansion will save lives. – Please show your support.

The 2013 Montana Legislature had the ability to change the lives of 70,000 Montanans, create jobs, and boost our economy.


They could accept federal funds to expand the state’s Medicaid program and provide badly needed access to health care to uninsured Montanans, including veterans, single parents, American Indians, home healthcare workers, and low-income adults. Or, they could turn these dollars away, sending them to states like California and New Jersey, leaving tens of thousands of Montanans without the medical coverage they need.

Legislators worked together to create a bipartisan compromise to expand Medicaid. Unfortunately, the final bill became a victim of political gamesmanship and obstructionism by a small group of conservative legislators. The legislature adjourned without taking action. Want to know how your legislator voted? Click here to find out.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The fight to expand Medicaid is not over. Montana has a variety of policy options to enact expansion. The stakes are high. Montana needs Medicaid expansion, and we need your voice to make that happen. Take action today.

Support Our Work.

Your donation helps us continue our efforts to increase access to health care for Montanans across the state.

Donations can be made through our fiscal sponsor, the Montana Budget and Policy Center. Please be sure to type “Medicaid Expansion” in the special purpose box.


Our Principles

Our Four Principles
Montana is a great place to live and work because generations before us have made wise investments in education, infrastructure, and safe, healthy communities. To continue to grow Montana's economy and ensure our children and grandchildren can stay and succeed here, we need to build on this foundation.

A responsible budget both adequately invests in today's needed public services while also preparing Montana for future demands caused by an evolving economy and changing demographics.

A balanced budget is supported by an adequate, equitable, and sustainable tax structure.

Our state budget is a reflection of our values and an essential tool for investing in smart choices that pave the way for a healthy economy with widely shared opportunity and prosperity.


Our Latest News

  • Two Opposite Proposed Initiatives Could Have a Big Impact on Health Care in Montana

    Work to expand Medicaid in Montana did not stop when the 2013 Legislature adjourned. On March 10, supporters of Medicaid expansions received approval from the Montana Secretary of State to begin collecting signatures to qualify this measure for the 2014 general election ballot.

    Unfortunately, there is another proposed initiative aimed at prohibiting Montana from using state resources to implement the Affordable Care Act. “This (proposed measure) goes further than just preventing Medicaid expansion and dismantles existing programs that Montana families and kids use to access health care,” said Sarah Howell, executive director of Montana Women Vote, “That’s something we won’t stand for.”

    To read the proposed language from both initiatives, go to the Secretary of State’s office. Lee Newspapers also ran a story on the issue.

  • Health Exchanges in MT- How Will They Work?

    Montana Health Insurance Exchange Guide

    Beginning in 2014, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance coverage for individuals and small businesses will become available through new state health insurance exchanges (also called health insurance marketplaces).


  • The 63rd Legislature Left Important Work Undone

    Op-Ed By Claudia Clifford, Jim Higgins, Lori Chovanak, Bob Marsalli, Sheena Rice, Olivia Riutta, Jacquie Helt

    The 63rd Montana Legislature adjourned without taking action on one of the most important pieces of public policy before them – the acceptance of federal funds to expand health care to uninsured Montanans. As a result, up to 70,000 Montanans were denied coverage that would have saved lives, lowered health care costs for all of us and protected providers struggling with uncompensated care. It’s not too late to do the right thing. Legislators left the Capitol with several days remaining in the session. They owe it to Montana to go back and finish their work.