April 2, 2019

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

Healthy Montana Kids celebration is Thursday, April 4 at noon at the Capitol

HELENA - A 10th year anniversary celebration of the Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) program will be held on Thursday, April 4 at noon in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol.

Today, the program, administered by the Department of Public Health and Human Services, provides health coverage for about 128,000 children.

When it was first launched in 2009, HMK combined children’s Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) into a single program and expanded free or low-cost health coverage for Montana children and teens up to age 19.

In 2008, 70 percent of Montana voters approved I-155, the ballot measure creating HMK.

Until 2009, tens of thousands of Montana children had no health coverage and no way for their families to pay for a doctor visit or a hospital stay.

What: Healthy Montana Kids 10th anniversary celebration
When: Thursday, April 4, noon
Where: Old Supreme Court Chambers, Capitol
Who:  Lt. Governor Mike Cooney; DPHHS State Medicaid Director Marie Matthews; John Morrison, former State Auditor and author of I-155; Brie Oliver, Healthy Mothers Executive Director and HMK program recipient; and various other speakers.