The Montana House voted on Tuesday to name a new agency in the state that will manage health care services for residents of the state.
The measure will be up for a vote in the Senate.
The measure, introduced by Rep. Dave Gwynne, R-Grand Teton, will give the Montana Health Care Agency (MCHA) the authority to make policy decisions.
The agency’s new name will be announced in a hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
It’s the first time the state’s new governor and a legislative panel have been named in the past four years.
The bill also establishes a $1 million state budget for MCHA, but it’s unclear if the bill will actually pay for the $1.5 million allocated for it by the state legislature.
The proposed name was a nod to the state being known as Montana, a state that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has the fourth-largest population in the country.
The name was chosen as part of a state-wide effort to improve public perception of health care, according a statement from the state Health Department.
The health agency, which was created in the early 1970s, has since become one of the most recognized and respected agencies in the nation, according the statement.
It’s a name that is recognized by the entire Montana community, said Gwynnes office of communications.
The new name, in addition to its historic connection to the land and people of Montana, will continue to be a symbol of Montana’s pride and pride in its health care system, he said.MCHAs name, which has been used since the 1950s, reflects Montana’s history and its place as one of our nation’s proud health care providers, Gwynns office said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.