The Montana Nurses Association supports the passage of I-185. It seeks to raise the tobacco tax in Montana and provide revenue to a variety of state programs, including Medicaid Expansion.
Healthy Montanans can work to their highest potential, enjoy all Montana has to offer, and add economic value to a thriving community. Illness, on the other hand, leads to financial, emotional, and physical burdens that overwhelm too many of our family, friends, and neighbors. Without action by the voters to pass I-185, Medicaid Expansion (The Help Act) could end in mid-2019 leaving as many as 100,000 Montana families without access to affordable healthcare.
I-185 allows hospitals to get paid for services… funding that is critical to hiring and retaining nurses and other healthcare professionals that are essential to providing the highest quality care to our patients.
Last, I-185 raises the tobacco tax in Montana. The tobacco companies have already spent $7,000,000 attacking I-185. As a 27 year pediatric and oncology nurse it matters to me when the American Cancer Society reports that I-185 will save Montanans $365 million in long term healthcare costs incurred due to less tobacco use by kids and adults.
Please join MNA in supporting continued access to high quality healthcare at Montana hospitals like Community Medical Center, which will be supported via passage of I-185.