Helena – Today, the Auditor’s office made public health insurance companies’ proposed rates for 2019, beginning the rate review process. As insurance commissioner, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale has the responsibility to review health insurance rates and determine if those rates are “excessive, inadequate or unjustified.”
Last year, Rosendale rubber-stamped double-digit rate hikes, finding increases of up to 23 percent “reasonable.” He sat by without a fight, letting insurance companies raise premiums, and played a “political game” with Montanans’ health care during the rate review process, according to a health economist in Montana. In the legislature, Rosendale even voted against giving the insurance commissioner the authority to review rates.
As Montanans face rising health care costs, they’re left to wonder if Rosendale will be transparent about the process and hold public hearings this year.
Rosendale has actively pushed for policies that would increase costs for Montanans, and shown little proof that he will be nothing more than just a rubber stamp for significant rate hikes for Montanans yet again.
“Matt Rosendale is misleading Montanans when he pretends to hold the insurance industry accountable,” said Brooke Bainum, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. “Rubber stamping rate hikes of up to 23 percent like Rosendale did last year proves Montana consumers can’t trust him to protect them.”
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