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Contact:  Sandy Courtnage, MFU, 406-452-6406
Karen Murphy, MHC, 406-447-9507
March 21, 2013

MFU to hold healthcare meetings

GREAT FALLS, MT (March 21, 2013) – The Montana Farmers Union (MFU) and the Montana Health CO-OP (MHC) are offering a series of free statewide meetings to educate Montanans about the Affordable Care Act funding that creates a statewide cooperative healthcare provider.

Montana Health CO-OP was awarded one of eight loans in the nation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to build a non-profit, member-operated health insurance cooperative.  Focusing on individuals and small businesses, MHC will offer a variety of affordable plans and a statewide provider network.

“Applying the co-op business model to health care delivery is exciting,” said MFU President Alan Merrill.  “Many farm and ranch families struggle to buy expensive health insurance, which must be purchased on the individual insurance market.  We are excited to educate Montanans about a comprehensive, affordable way to access insurance.”

“This is a local effort to make quality healthcare affordable to all Montanans,” explained Dr. Tom Roberts, chairman of the MHC Board of Directors and president of Western Montana Clinic, a multi-specialty medical group in Missoula.  “We’re excited about the prospect of making health insurance affordable to the 20% of the statewide population without any coverage.”

MHC plans will be offered on the federal insurance exchange, with enrollment expected to begin in October 2013, and coverage to be effective in January 2014.  Everyone is invited to attend the educational meetings at the following locations:

Havre at the Town House Inn, April 9, at 1:30 PM.
Glasgow at the Elks Club, April 9, at 7:00 PM.

Miles City at the Sleep Inn and Suites, April 10, at 1:00 PM.
Billings at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, April 10, at 7:00 PM.

Lewistown at the Eagles Hall, April 11, at 1:30 PM.
Great Falls at the Great Falls College, MSU, April 11, at 7:00 PM.

For questions, please call the Montana Farmers Union office at 406-452-6406 or toll free at 800-234-4071.  Meeting details are also available at