Gov. Bullock, US Health Secretary to discuss Montana plan to expand Medicaid

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HELENA, Montana — Gov. Steve Bullock will discuss with a federal official Montana's plan to expand Medicaid that recently entered a public-comment period.

The Democratic governor traveled with his health policy adviser and deputy chief of staff to Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning to meet with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell at 3:30 p.m. Mountain time.

They will discuss the premiums and copays that are expected to receive particular scrutiny before the federal government's decision to support or deny the state's waiver for expanding government-subsidized health insurance.

Bullock spokesman Mike Wessler says the governor's staff has been talking with federal officials about the Republican-sponsored proposal since before the state's 2015 legislative session.

Public comment will be accepted on the plan into the fall.

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