Billings Gazette Schools Rosendale on His Harmful Health Care Policies: He “should know that the policies he supports do opposite of what he promised”


Rosendale-backed short-term plans threaten Montanans with pre-existing conditions

Helena – After Matt Rosendale’s misleading op-ed where he claimed he would “always protect those Montanans with pre-existing conditions,” the Billings Gazette published an editorial to make clear that the policies Rosendale supports would “do opposite of what he promised.”

The Gazette highlighted:

  • Rosendale’s vote against legislation to expand Montana’s Medicaid program that covers about 100,000 Montanans and is critical to addressing Montana’s meth and opioid epidemics
  • His failure to exercise his authority to hold health insurance companies accountable for their health insurance rate increases
  • His support for short-term plans that can refuse to cover Montanans with pre-existing conditions.

The editorial also pointed out that none of the Rosendale-backed short-term plans in Montana cover mental health care, substance abuse treatment, outpatient prescription drugs, or maternity care.

Billings Gazette: Gazette opinion: What insurance rates don’t tell us
By Editorial Board
August 16, 2018

Key points:

  • “As the state’s insurance commissioner, Rosendale should know that the policies he supports do opposite of what he promised.”
  • “[Rosendale] promotes the short-term policies that can reject Montanans who have pre-existing health conditions.”
  • “As a state senator in 2015, Rosendale voted against the HELP act that expanded Montana Medicaid to all very low-income adults, regardless of age. Now about 100,000 Montanans have coverage through HELP, including people who previously were uninsured…”
  • “Medicaid covers the bulk of addiction treatment in Montana, making the program crucial for addressing the epidemics of meth and opioid abuse afflicting our communities.”
  • “In the 2013 Legislature, Rosendale voted against legislation to authorize the state insurance commissioner to review rates that health insurers propose to charge Montanans.”
  • “If Rosendale determined that the proposed rates weren’t justified by the costs of providing care, he could negotiate with the insurers and use the bully pulpit of his state office to pressure insurers to stop overpricing. Rosendale hasn’t done that. Instead, he found that the rates proposed were justified.”
  • “Rosendale claims that he will protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions. But he has championed so-called ‘short-term’ plans that allow insurers to refuse coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.”
  • “Short-term plans can also decline coverage of pre-existing conditions, put dollar limits on what they will cover and set higher deductibles than are allowed under plans that comply with the ACA, according to the Kaiser analysis.”

Read the entire editorial HERE.



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