Rosendale Continues to Mislead: Montana’s Largest Insurer Would’ve Lowered 2019 Rates if Not for Rosendale-Backed Policies

Brooke BainumNews

Helena – In yet another misleading interview this week, East Coast developer and State Frauditor Matt Rosendale touted Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana proposing a zero percent average increase in its insurance rates for 2019.

However, in a blow to Rosendale’s agenda, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana said in a report that it actually would have cut rates by an average of more than 4 percent for 2019 if not for provisions in the tax law, a Rosendale-backed policy.

But that’s not the only bad policy Rosendale supports that is costing Montanans.

Rosendale has been pushing for the expansion of shoddy short-term plans that aren’t required to cover pre-existing conditions, prescription drugs, or maternity care – he even touted the fact that short-term plans won’t have to cover essential health benefits like prescription drugs, maternity care, preventive services, and mental health care.

In that same breath, Rosendale claimed that he has “worked extremely hard to make sure that we cover pre-existing conditions.” It’s difficult to take that claim seriously when he brags about his role in expanding plans that don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions.

Even worse, research shows that Montanans will see an average increase in their premiums of nearly 20 percent due to the expansion of these shoddy plans and those same provisions in the tax law.

As an ardent supporter of expanding shoddy short-term plans that leave Montanans with pre-existing conditions hung out to dry and the tax law that are jacking up premiums and costing consumers more, Rosendale can’t be trusted to look out for Montanans’ health care.

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