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Western Native Voice  is a non-profit, non-partisan social justice organization working to inspire Native leadership through community organizing, education, leadership, and advocacy. With 7% of Montana’s population being Native American living almost evenly split between reservation and urban areas, WNV organizes in both rural and urban communities using a culturally tailored community organizing and citizen education model to build Native leadership.

 

The program is tailored to meet the unique needs of each of the seven reservations and the three largest urban Indian areas; Billings, Great Falls and Missoula...

 

Our advocacy program is centered on equality, social justice, economic justice, environmental justice, protecting Native American rights and tribal sovereignty.

Our trainings are customized for youth, high schools, colleges, and adult community organizers. These trainings share the principles and best practices of ...

Our civic engagement program emphasizes the need for everyone to fulfill their civic duty in all levels from school boards to county and statewide positions.

February 27, 2019

Western Native Voice Announces Medicaid Expansion Campaign Launch

Watch our campaign launch video here!

 

The HELP Act, which passed in 2015, expanded healthcare coverage to 96,108 Montanans and has contributed to saving lives, improving productivity and economic stability. Since the passage of Medicaid Expansion MT’s uninsured rate has plummeted from 23% to 7%.. In other words, 1 in 10 Montanans now have health insurance coverage thanks to the HELP Act.

Western Native Voice strongly supports the “Keep Montana Healthy Act” (House Bill 425), sponsored by Representative Mary Caferro. HB 425 removes the current expiration June 2019 date for healthcare coverage for nearly 100,000 hardworking Montanans, who are contributing to our Montana economy.

Western Native Voice is committed to supporting the “Keep Montana Healthy Act” because:

✔️Over 15,000 Indigenous Montanans have healthcare coverage through Montana’s expanded Medicaid program
✔️Medicaid expansion has helped people get more well rounded, comprehensive care
✔️More health care dollars are generated to support rural clinics, hospitals and IHS facilities
✔️Care provided by IHS has become less about life and limb and expanded to preventive care and elective surgeries
✔️Does not include harsh work requirements that disregard challenges in Indian Country

Montana hospitals, non-profit organizations, businesses, and everyday people know that the HELP Act has worked for all of Montana.

The question now is: will you #WarriorUp and help us defend Medicaid expansion and support the Keep Montana Healthy Act to save Indigenous lives?

Take Action Today!

Our people are ready to #WarriorUp to defend Medicaid expansion at the Montana legislature. Join the movement for better health for you, your family and your people by taking action with us.

HB 425 will be first heard by the House Human Services committee on March 16th. Take action between now and then by calling (406) 444-4800 and leaving a message to each one of these legislators. It takes less than 5 minutes to leave a message and each one is critically important.

Finding the rights words to #WarriorUp can be hard and we’re here to help. Here’s a sample text you can use or change to fit your own story:

“My name is (your name) and I live at (your address). I want to leave a message with (your legislator) to urge them to vote Yes on House Bill 425 because fair Medicaid expansion is important to me and my community.”

Call (406) 444-4800 today, and every day, and leave your message for these legislators:

Dennis Lenz, R - Billings

Edward Buttrey, R - Great Falls

Gordon Pierson, D - Deer Lodge

Kim Abbott, D - Helena

Jade Bahr, D - Billings

Barbara Bessette, D - Great Falls

David Dunn, R - Kalispell

Mary Ann Dunwell, D - Helena

Kathy Kelker, D - Billings

Forrest Mandeville, R - Columbus

Terry Moore, R - Billings

Shane Morigeau, D - Missoula

Vince Ricci, R - Laurel

Walt Sales, R - Manhattan

Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R - Great Falls

Barry Usher, R - Billings

Peggy Webb, R - Billings

Tom Welch, R - Dillon

Thomas Winter, D - Missoula

Thank you to our allies in this fight: ACLU of Montana, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Montana, Montana Human Rights Network - MHRNMontana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)Montana Budget and Policy CenterBig Sky 55+Healthy Montana CampaignMontana Federation of Public EmployeesMontana Primary Care AssociationSEIU 775Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana, and Forward Montana

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