“Buyer Beware”: Rosendale-Backed Short-Term Plans Don’t Have to Cover Pre-Existing Conditions, Prescriptions, Mental Health Care

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Helena – As short-term health insurance plans become available under new regulations in Montana today, buyers are told to “beware” because the short-term plans cover much less than insurance under the current health care system.

Instead of protecting Montana consumers — part of his job as insurance commissioner — Rosendale is pushing for plans that leave consumers unprotected, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.

Short-term plans don’t have to cover folks with pre-existing conditions, which includes things like asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, and even pregnancy. Short-term plans also aren’t required to cover mental health care or prescription drugs.

In fact, there is not a single short-term plan in Billings that covers maternity care, mental health, substance abuse, or prescription drugs.

Rosendale has been “lambast[ed]…for green-lighting insurance companies’ plans for rate hikes and for hiring an insurance industry lobbyist as his deputy insurance commissioner.”

And after short-term insurance executives donated thousands of dollars Rosendale’s campaign, he began pushing for short-term policies.

Based on his record, Rosendale is out for himself and his insurance industry buddies, not for Montanans.

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