Baucus, Sebelius Plan Health Care Talk in Libby

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Max Baucus will be in Libby on Monday to talk about health care coverage for people with asbestos-related illness.

Baucus’ office had earlier announced plans to host Sebelius in Missoula on Monday to discuss rural health care. On Friday, the Montana Democrat said that the pair will travel afterward to Libby, where victims exposed to asbestos are eligible for coverage under the health-care reform bill passed earlier this year.

Health workers say at least 400 people have died in Libby from contamination caused by a now-closed W.R. Grace vermiculite mine.