Montana

A woman sitting on a curb.

Amid rising evictions and rents, states grapple with protections in tenant-landlord laws

BY: - September 26, 2023

At 90 years old, Hilda Chavera has found a new purpose in life: tenant organizing. A Minneapolis resident for 50 years, Chavera said she has seen her city change, with many of her neighbors struggling to stay in their homes. “People can’t afford their rent. They are getting kicked out of their homes. They feel […]

An ad for the 988 crisis line.

Most states have yet to permanently fund 988. Call centers want certainty.

BY: - September 8, 2023

This story was produced by KFF Health News. Since the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline transitioned a year ago to the three-digit crisis phone number 988, there has been a 33% increase in the number of calls, chats and texts to the hotline. But even with that early sign of success, the program’s financial future is […]

Cultivated chicken.

Was that chicken cutlet grown in a lab? These states want you to know.

BY: - August 31, 2023

Select U.S. restaurants have begun serving laboratory-grown chicken, spurring long wait times for reservations by diners curious to taste it. In June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave final approval for a few California-based companies to begin selling lab-produced chicken across the country. While it may be years before lab-grown meat is available at grocery […]

Voters in Idaho in 2022.

As ranked choice voting gains momentum, parties in power push back

BY: - August 21, 2023

Over the past decade, ranked choice voting has become increasingly popular. From conservative Utah to liberal New York City, 13 million American voters in 51 jurisdictions — including all of Alaska and Maine — now use the system, under which voters rank candidates based on preference, leading to an instant runoff in a crowded race. […]

Firefighters in Washington state.

Towns could save themselves from wildfire — if they knew about this money

BY: - August 18, 2023

PACKWOOD, Wash. — Last year, Don Pratt fled from his home as a wildfire swept down the mountainside here in Washington’s Cascade Range. “Heading out, I thought it was the last time I was going to see the house,” he said. As residents evacuated and smoke engulfed the small mountain community, fire crews with bulldozers […]

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‘Conscience’ bills let medical providers opt out of providing a wide range of care

BY: - August 10, 2023

This story was produced by KFF Health News. A new Montana law will provide sweeping legal protections to health care practitioners who refuse to prescribe marijuana or participate in procedures and treatments such as abortion, medically assisted death, gender-affirming care or others that run afoul of their ethical, moral or religious beliefs or principles. The […]

Embryologist looks through a microscope.

Few states extend fertility treatment coverage to Medicaid recipients

BY: - August 10, 2023

As more states require private insurers to cover fertility-related health care, many efforts to extend similar protections to Medicaid patients this year have foundered over cost concerns. Only two states provide significant fertility coverage through Medicaid: New York, which offers fertility medications, and Illinois, where Medicaid will cover the storage of sperm or eggs for those […]