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Rural seasonal workers worry about Montana Medicaid’s work requirements

November 7, 2019


People on Medicaid who work rural seasonal jobs in Montana are wondering about the future of their access to health coverage. Montana recently passed a law that, if it gains federal approval and goes into effect as planned in January, would require many Medicaid recipients to prove they work a set number of hours each month.

Kate Clyatt is one of those seasonal workers. She’s 28 and works as a ranch hand in the unincorporated community of Helmville, Mont., where there’s a saloon, rodeo grounds, two churches, a K-8 public school and a post office. In the sweeping ranchland surrounded by mountains, there are also a lot of cows.

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