On the Issues
Due to Governor Bullock never holding federal office, he has not had the same opportunities to support or cosponsor legislation that ANA has championed as some of the other presidential candidates. This does not necessarily indicate that, if he were to be the presidential nominee, he would not be strong on nursing issues.
Health System Transformation
Governor Bullock has focused on expanding access to health care through his policies. As governor, Montana invested more than $135 million per year in community-based mental health and substance use treatment, an increase of $60 million from its funding in 2013. These services also serve an additional 14,000 adults, children, and people with disabilities every year. As of 2019, more than 33,000 Montanans have received mental health services as a result of Medicaid expansion.
During Governor Bullock’s tenure, Montana expanded access to Medicaid in 2015, providing nearly 100,000 Montanans with access to health care and lowering the uninsured rate to below 8%, down from 20% in 2013.
Previous Work with ANA
Governor Bullock supported the Montana Nurses Association’s (MNA) “Your Nurse Wears Combat Boots” campaign addressing violence in the workplace for health care workers. Governor Bullock has also reached out to MNA and solicited names of members for the Board of Nursing and the State Workforce Innovation Board.
Governor Bullock signed HB 333 into law in 2017, creating broad access to a life-saving opiate overdose reversal drug called Naloxone and making it more accessible in Montana.
Additional Health Care Information
Lisa Bullock (Governor Bullock’s wife) has a mother who was a registered nurse.
On his campaign website, Governor Bullock states that he wants to improve health care by emphasizing increased access, making health care more affordable, improving rural and health care in underserved communities, strengthening Medicare and combating the opioid crisis.