ICYMI: Rosendale Jeopardized Reinsurance Program He Now Claims Credit For

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

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ICYMI: Rosendale Jeopardized Reinsurance Program He Now Claims Credit For
Helena, MT – A new Missoulian op-ed from State Representative Kim Abbott calls out Maryland Matt Rosendale for his dishonest attempts to take credit for a reinsurance program that he threatened to derail with “requests [that] were repeatedly in violation of the law and CMS regulations designed to protect consumers.”

Rosendale’s attacks on the program are consistent with his long record of undermining access to affordable health care. Rosendale has long attacked protections for pre-existing conditions, and continues to call for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act calling for “[wiping] the slate clean.” Maryland Matt is also continuing his attacks on Medicaid expansion, which currently covers 90,000 Montanans across the state, has created thousands of jobs, and has proven to be a lifeline for rural hospitals and the communities they support. 

Missoulian Op-Ed: Rosendale hurt reinsurance program more than he helped
By: Rep. Kim Abbott

A key part of Matt Rosendale’s campaign to reinvent his healthcare record is built around the claim that he was a central player in lowering Montanans’ health insurance costs. But the reality is that he hurt the process more than he helped it.

The bill Rosendale cites is the reinsurance bill that was in front of the legislature in 2019, and the truth is that it was Governor Bullock who took the lead on that legislation. The reinsurance program, with a waiver through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was projected to lower premiums by 8 percent, and give more Montanans access to affordable healthcare.

It was Governor Bullock who requested the grant money to set up a task force to build out the reinsurance program. And it was that task force, with the leadership of the Governor, that shepherded that bill through.

As for Rosendale? Well, he would have set us back on healthcare and the requested waiver from CMS would have been denied.

Rosendale’s office came with multiple requests of the task force and the legislature as the bill was being drafted. They aimed to exert more and more control over the bill. The problem is that their requests were repeatedly in violation of the law and CMS regulations designed to protect consumers.

The requests that Rosendale made, delayed the bill drafting process as we tried to move the legislation through. While people faced uncertainty about the future of their healthcare, Rosendale continued to attempt to push Montana to take risky steps that would have jeopardized our efforts to get more people affordable healthcare.

It’s disheartening, but unsurprising, to see the Insurance Commissioner attempt to rewrite history. And in an election year when he’s on the ballot, it’s more than just politics – it’s dangerous. In the face of a global pandemic, the people of Montana deserve to know the truth. The truth is that Matt Rosendale is taking credit for something he almost ruined.


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