PMC partners with Montana Healthy Kids

The Pondera Medical Center has become an enrollment partner for the Montana Healthy Kids (HMK) program.

Lisa Hanson, Director of Business Development/ Marketing and Diagnostic Services has recently completed training to be the HMK champion for PMC.

Healthy Montana Kids is a program passed by the Montana voters 2008 General Election.

The program went into effect Dec. 31 2009. The goal of passing this initative was to provide healthcare coverage for every uninsured Montana child 19 years of age and under.

HMK is now an umbrella for the programs formerly known as CHIP and Children’s Medicaid. HMK is managed by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services and underwritten by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Montana.

“This is a grant program with federally matching funds for each child,” Hanson tells the I-O.

When HMK came into effect the income guidelines for families to qualify for assistance was increased.

An example would be a family of four can make up to $55,125 a year. A single parent with  one child may earn up to $36,425.

Children may be eligible for HMK even if the family income is more than the amount listed. There are income deductions for employed parents and dependent expenses.

“The only other stipulations are the child cannot be covered by any other private insurance that offers creditable coverage and the children must be Montana residents,” Hanson notes.

However, no family pays more than $215 a year for co-payments and there are no co-payments for well child-checkups, immunizations, dental visits or eyeglasses.

Hanson noted that some of the other services covered are pre-existing medical conditions, physicals for sports and jobs, prescription drugs, to name a few.

Pondera Medical Center strongly encourages any Pondera County or surrounding area family that may qualify for Healthy Montana Kids to apply.

Applications and assistance are available through PMC, the applications are at the PMC Clinic and the PMC front desk of the hospital, or call Hanson, at 271-3495.

She also noted that she would be more than happy to sit down and help people fill out an application, all you have to do is contact her for an appointment.

Applications are also available on-line at or you can call 1-877-kidsNow (1-877-543-7669) to have an application sent to you.