Montanans should be aware that our state is proposing budget cuts that would threaten our ability to provide care to our region’s most vulnerable children.
The state has proposed to eliminate Medicaid provider-based clinic payments. As pediatricians at Community Medical Center, we understand that these payments afford our hospital the ability to provide essential and comprehensive care to our community.
Missoula Valley Pediatrics is the only pediatric group in town to accept all patients, whether they have Medicaid or private insurance. This is possible because of our access to Medicaid provider-based clinic payments. Eliminating these payments will make it increasingly difficult to maintain services for these patients. Other proposed budget cuts harm or eliminate programs for services for children with autism, developmental delays and mental health problems.
Our state’s commitment to providing health care and developmental services for children today directly influences the future health of our state. Evidence also shows time and again that investment in child health leads to measurable returns in the future. Child health outcomes influence our mental health and justice systems as well as our adult workforce.
Please resist the erosion of care for vulnerable kids; this should not be controversial — it helps us all.