Helena – In the wake of the White House’s expansion of shoddy short-term health insurance plans that aren’t required to cover pre-existing conditions, new efforts in Congress are aiming to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions.
East Coast developer Matt Rosendale claims he will protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions, but at the same time he is pushing for short-term plans that don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions.
Expanding short-term plans like Rosendale wants to could leave Montanans with pre-existing conditions unprotected, without coverage and with costly care.
Rosendale has never fought to protect coverage for Montanans’ with pre-existing conditions before – so we don’t expect him to start now.
Vox: The new Democratic plan to protect preexisting conditions ahead of the 2018 midterms
By Dylan Scott
August 29, 2018
- “The Trump administration is expanding what’s called short-term limited-duration insurance. These short-term policies typically have higher out-of-pocket costs and cover fewer services than traditional insurance.”
- “They were designed for people who, for example, expect to be out of work and therefore without insurance for a limited period of time.”
- “That kind of coverage is totally free from the health care law’s insurance regulations: the mandate to cover essential health benefits, the prohibition on charging sick people more than healthy people or denying people coverage based on their medical history, and so on.”
- “Health care is among voters’ top issues this year…”
- “…preexisting conditions protections are very popular with and particularly important for women…”
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