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HealthCare.gov is the online portal for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

151,000 Montanas still lack health insurance

Montana saw a net increase of more than 23,000 people gaining health insurance coverage as of May according to preliminary statistics from the office of Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen.

The percentage of Montanans continuing to lack health insurance has fallen to about 15 percent, down from about 20 percent two years ago. In total numbers, approximately 195,000 Montanans lacked health insurance in 2013, before the final changes required by the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Today, an estimated 151,000 Montanans lack health insurance.

“I’m glad we’re continuing to see our uninsured population decline,” Lindeen said. “But, I would have liked to see the number of uninsured Montanans drop even more.”

Lindeen’s office conducted a survey of Montana’s health insurance companies at the end of the national enrollment period, which concluded in April. As she did last year, Lindeen’s office collected data on the number of insured Montanans from all Montana health insurance companies that offered plans through HealthCare.gov and new enrollees in both the Montana Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids programs. The data give a more detailed picture of how changes are reducing the number of Montanans who lack health insurance.

The total net gain of insured Montanans is estimated at 23,246, although the study cautions that insurance is complicated and it is impossible to peg with certainty the precise number of insured Montanans at any point in time.

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Energetechs announces new company

Energetechs, a high-performance building firm in Missoula, announced the launch of its new Glo European Windows and Doors division.

“For the past two years, we have experienced strong demand for energy efficient and elegant windows supported by excellent customer service. Our new division, Glo Windows meets this demand,” said vice president Mark Wells. “We are very excited about the direction and future growth of our company.”

All product series are available in the following styles: fixed windows, tilt-and-turn windows, European awning, entry doors, folding glass doors and lift-and-slide doors.

“We are pleased to provide high-quality products at an attractive price,” said CEO Russ Hellem. “Glo Windows is experiencing wonderful growth and we are happy to make such a positive impact on our built environment here in the United States.”

Founded in Missoula in January, Glo windows currently delivers custom windows and doors throughout the United States and has active projects in Illinois, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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