Helena – Some people might think it’s reasonable to trust their Insurance Commissioner to actually regulate the insurance industry, prevent insurance companies from hiking their rates, and protect consumers.
But when your Insurance Commissioner is wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale – who has been caught campaigning instead of doing his job and is notorious for rubber stamping higher health care costs for Montanans – it doesn’t come as a shock that he is wholeheartedly backing short-term insurance policies that would cause premiums to skyrocket.
Why are short-term health plans bad? Let us count the ways:
- Short-term plans do not have to meet current requirements under the health care system, meaning that many do not cover pre-existing conditions, prescription drugs, maternity care, mental health, or substance abuse prevention and treatment.
- In Montana, the short-term insurance policies that Rosendale supports would increase premiums by a staggering average of nearly 20 percent. Even insurers are pushing back against short-term plans.
- And in Billings, not a single short-term plan covers mental health, substance abuse, prescription drugs, or maternity care.
Rosendale has lied to Montanans about his public lands record. He has misled Montanans about the process behind significant rate hikes that he oversaw. And he can’t even tell Montanans the truth about claiming Maryland residency under penalty of perjury to get a tax break. The only thing Montanans can trust Rosendale to do is support policies that will increase their health care costs.
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