Department of Health, Montana

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The Department of Public Health and Human Services is an agency in 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.[1]

Budget

The Department's funding for the 2010 biennium totaled $3.9 billion. The Department received $513 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.[2]

Major ARRA Expenditures as of December 15, 2010

Program Allocations
Medicaid $169.8 million
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) $8.8 million
Weatherization $16.7 million
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) $38.0 million
Total $301.4 million

Programs

The Department of Public Health and Human Services administers the State's Medicaid program, which provides health care coverage for qualifying low-income adults.[3] Total enrollment in the Medicaid program for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 was 101,829.[4]

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.[3] Total enrollment in the HMK program for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 was 15,878.[4]

The Department also administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides supplemental food and nutrition assistance to low income people.[5] In the 2010 biennium, the program assisted 120,000 peoples, or one in eight Montanans.[2]

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a cash assistance program for needy families.[6] In the 2010 biennium, the program assisted 3,711 families.[2]

Montana's Increased Demand for Public Assistance between 2008 and 2010 is as follows:[2]

Program Percent Increase
Public Assistance Bureau Applications 43.6%
TANF Recipients 25.4%
Medicaid Recipients 28%
SNAP Recipients 45.2%
LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) Recipients 48%
Child Care Recipients 8.6%
Healthy Montana Kids Plus Recipients 28%

Transparency

The Department's goals and objectives as well as a performance measurement report are available on the Department website.[7] Requests for bids and proposals are also posted.[8]


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