- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The state of Montana has reached an agreement to have Benefis Health System as a participating provider in the state health insurance plan.

Great Falls Tribune reports (https://gftrib.com/2aHpb6w ) that the contract approved by the state’s health insurance administrator, Allegiance, applies retroactively to cover Benefis services provided since July 1.

The agreement comes after negotiations between Benefis and Allegiance had failed in June, leaving state employees concerned they would be responsible for a larger portion of their health services.

The recent announcement means that Montana’s 10 largest hospitals and the majority of smaller hospitals are now participating providers with the state’s health plan.

Gov. Steve Bullock has said Montana will save more than $25 million by the end of 2018 through changes to the health care plan.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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