Rosendale Could Leave Montanans with Pre-Existing Conditions Unprotected


Helena – While Matt Rosendale has claimed that he’ll protect coverage for pre-existing conditions like asthma or heart disease, he has offered no specifics, leaving it up to Montana reporters to call him out on the dangerous plans Rosendale is offering Montanans.

The plans Rosendale continues to push as insurance commissioner aren’t required to cover pre-existing conditions, leaving Montanans with pre-existing conditions who have those plans potentially unprotected.

Here’s a look at some of the coverage over the last week showing Rosendale can’t be trusted to protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions:

Lee: “While Rosendale has repeatedly said he wants to preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions, things he’s introduced — such as Medi-Share or short-term insurance plans — don’t do that. And a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could leave consumers vulnerable.”

Billings Gazette: “[Rosendale,] as state auditor, has permitted sale of insurance plans that don’t cover mental health care, substance abuse treatment, prescription medicine, maternity care or pre-existing conditions…these ‘short-term’ policies are a bad deal for anyone who ends up needing care in the huge coverage gaps.”

Associated Press: “[Rosendale] said he supports a full range of health insurance options, including short-term insurance plans that don’t cover pre-existing conditions…”

Montana Public Radio: “…Yamanaka asked Rosendale, who is Montana’s insurance commissioner, this question: ‘You support short term insurance plans that aren’t required to cover pre-existing conditions. So if they’re so great, will you pledge today that you will buy one to cover your family?’…Rosendale talked about how he’s worked to give Montanans more health coverage options, including short term plans, but never directly answered Yamanaka’s question.”

Montana Public Radio: “Rosendale has said that protecting the ability of Montanans with pre-existing conditions to get health coverage is important to him, and that he’s working on policies to do that, but has not offered specifics.”

Montana Standard: “Matt Rosendale supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and says he believes that preexisting conditions can be handled through a waiver the state can get to offer coverage. No other state has had success at this yet.”

Lee: “Since he was elected auditor in 2016, Rosendale said he has been working on an approach to cover pre-existing and chronic conditions, but did not say specifically what that plan was.”


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