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Economic Affairs Interim Committee June Update


Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Contact: 
Pat Murdo, Committee Staff

EAIC to Review Physician Licensing, Hear from Insurers on Health Care Reform

The Economic Affairs Interim Committee will hear about physician licensing and health insurers' responses to federal health care reform at a June 11-12 meeting in Room 172 of the Capitol, starting at 9 a.m. both days.

Physician licensing concerns were discussed at an April 20 meeting at which committee members learned that the review of physician licensing usually takes about 90 days. However, members asked for more details about how the Board of Medical Examiners balances the need to protect the public through vetting physician applicants against the need to make sure that unnecessary barriers are removed from the application process for physicians who want to practice in Montana but can practice anywhere.

A related panel discussion will focus on access to primary health care in Montana, particularly in counties that have no primary care physicians.

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Pat Murdo | 406-444-3594 | pmurdo@mt.gov