The state’s top Republican legislator and top Democratic elected official differ on Medicaid for Montana. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock made a new pitch Tuesday for extending Montana’s $550 million-a-year Medicaid expansion program and leading Republican Ed Buttrey of Great Falls told MTN News that he’s hoping to introduce a Medicaid bill in the coming weeks. Buttrey sponsored the original Medicaid-expansion bill in 2015 and said his new proposal will make some changes in the program that provides government-funded health coverage to nearly 100,000 low-income Montanans.