Department of Health, Montana
The purpose of the Department of Public Health and Human Services is to ensure the health and safety of Montana's children, provide access to quality healthcare for Montanans, and assist Montanans in becoming self-sufficient.
The Department's funding for the 2010 biennium totaled $3.9 billion. The Department received $513 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
Major ARRA Expenditures as of December 15, 2010
|TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)||$8.8 million|
|SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)||$38.0 million|
The Department of Public Health and Human Services administers the State's Medicaid program, which provides health care coverage for qualifying low-income adults. Total enrollment in the Medicaid program for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 was 101,829.
The Healthy Montana Kids Plus program is health care coverage for the State's low-income children. The State of Montana is responsible for covering approximately one-third of the cost of Medicaid and HMK Plus; the federal government pays the rest. Total enrollment in the HMK program for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 was 15,878.
The Department also administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides supplemental food and nutrition assistance to low income people. In the 2010 biennium, the program assisted 120,000 peoples, or one in eight Montanans.
Montana's Increased Demand for Public Assistance between 2008 and 2010 is as follows:
|Public Assistance Bureau Applications||43.6%|
|LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) Recipients||48%|
|Child Care Recipients||8.6%|
|Healthy Montana Kids Plus Recipients||28%|