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Montana lawmakers to form panel to look at Obamacare repeal

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 12:09 AM
In this March 23, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington.


Montana Republican legislators are forming a panel of lawmakers and industry leaders to try to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act in the state.

Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas said yesterday that the working group also would advise lawmakers on how to respond to any changes Congress makes to President Barack Obama's health overhaul law.

Congress is planning to roll back the Affordable Care Act, but state officials believe a full repeal won't be implemented before 2019.

Thomas said that Montana Senate leaders want to come up with a new system for those covered by the state's Medicaid expansion law and the federal exchange.

He said that he expects 15-20 people to be on the panel comprising law-makers and representatives from the health care and insurance industries. An initial meeting is scheduled for tomorrow.