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Map: Montana’s Uninsured Rates By County

Montana UninsuredMontana’s share of uninsured people declined by 1.6 percent, from 21.6 percent in 2012 to 20 percent in 2013. Even with the decline, Montana was among the top 10 U.S. states with the highest rate of uninsured people.

The U.S. Census Bureau released this week its Small Area Health Insurance Estimates for 2013. The data doesn’t yet reflect an anticipated decline to the uninsured rate because of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange subsidies that became available in 2014.

The Census data show 40 of Montana’s 56 counties still have an uninsured rate that is higher than the state average. In 18 counties, more than a quarter of Montanans under the age of 64 were uninsured.

Garfield County had the largest share of people without health insurance, Lewis and Clark County had the smallest.

Click around the map to see how your county stacks up.

Data: U.S. Census Bureau | Map: Emilie Ritter Saunders

Highest uninsured rates by Montana county:

  1. Garfield County, 32
  2. McCone County, 31.4
  3. Golden Valley County, 30.8
  4. Sanders County, 30
  5. Glacier County, 29.8
  6. Carter County, 29.2
  7. Blaine County, 29.1
  8. Lake County, 28.6
  9. Big Horn County, 28.5
  10. Wheatland County, 27.9

A recent Gallup poll finds Montana’s uninsured rate has dropped more than most since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented.

More than 48,000 Montanans have signed up for coverage through the federal health insurance exchange.

Montana, like Idaho, hasn’t expanded Medicaid to provide health insurance coverage to more low-income adults.

See how Idaho compares, here.

Using Tumblr To Document The Construction Of Boise State Public Radio’s Broadcast Center

Seven months ago (almost to the day) I launched a Tumblr blog to document the demolition and construction of Boise State Public Radio’s new broadcast center. To date, I’ve posted 141 images, beginning on July 25, 2013…and I’m not quite finished.

Now, along with my colleagues in the news department and peers in production and engineering, we are within weeks of moving from a windowless maze of cubicles into a bright, modern public radio station.

This is big.

One Boise Startup Joins The Crowded Subscription Box Market

Rachael and Joe Bunt mailed their first Crafters Crate in March 2013. They have nearly 200 monthly subscribers.

Rachael and Joe Bunt mailed their first Crafters Crate in March 2013. They have nearly 200 monthly subscribers.

This story aired on KBSX 91.5 fm on Sept. 12, 2013. It appeared in the Idaho Statesman on Oct. 29, 2013.

At a mostly empty, metal-sided warehouse near the Boise Airport, Rachael and Joe Bunt are organizing hand-made craft kits into a small assembly line. They’re putting together September’s Crafters Crate that will be mailed to subscribers this week.

“This is like Pinterest in real life,” Joe Bunt says. “I’m always wanting to create something new.”

Joe and his wife Rachael started Crafters Crate in March. It’s a subscription-based business; no brick-and-mortar storefront is required. That’s partly what drew the couple to jumping on the subscription-box trend.

Why A Headline Is Key To Making Serious Digital Content Shareable

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Every local digital content producer is clamoring to get your attention. Traditional media organizations are fighting trendy sites (that often don’t provide much useful info) for your clicks, shares, likes and comments. Lets face it, it’s hard.

But there’s a continued and increased number of organizations that are training old-school journalists to think more like those trendy sites to get their content in front of a larger, more diverse audience. It’s all about making stories — serious and fun — shareable.

My smarty-pants peers at NPR Digital Services reached out to public radio member station digital editors to prove serious journalism can be just as shareable as a listicle about adorable animals.

They looked at 809 stories that have gone through NPR’s Local Stories Project (of which my station, Boise State Public Radio, is part of). Here’s part of what they found:

With $140,000 On The Line, Idaho Girl Scouts Try Their Hand At Lobbying

This story originally appeared at StateImpact Idaho and aired on Boise State Public Radio Feb. 19, 2013.

Famous for its potatoes, trout fishing, and blue AstroTurf, Idaho might not have much in common with Hawaii. But here’s one thing: Idaho and Hawaii are the only two states in the country to tax Girl Scout Cookies. Now, some local Scouts are beefing up their sales pitches and learning to lobby.

Girl Scouts across the country are getting amped up to sell as many boxes of their famed Samoas, Thin Mints, and Tag-a-longs as they possibly can. They have about a month to close the deal with neighbors, friends and grandmothers.

At a recent cookie event near Boise — think Girl Scout-style pep rally — more than 100 kids, some as young as kindergarteners, donned their badged-sashes and met at a middle-school cafeteria.

StateImpact Idaho: Fusing Storytelling With Policy And Accountability Reporting

This photo is from a story I did on how Idaho is trying to help businesses create jobs and retrain workers. Credit: Emilie Ritter Saunders

Idaho is one of eight pilot states collaborating with NPR to boost beat-specific reporting.  Each state has two reporters (Texas has three), focused on creating in-depth broadcast and online pieces.

In Idaho, our beat is the economy.  When the national economy tanked between 2007 and 2009, Idaho was in the thick of it.  Nearly half the state’s construction workers were laid off, home buying and selling collapsed, and state policy makers were left trying to do what they could  to turn things around.  Now, in a post-recession Idaho, recovery has been timid.  That’s left us with a wealth of stories to tell.

Much of my reporting has focused on joblessness, government transparency and business.  Here are a few of the stories and interactives I put together.