FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Nathan Stein, Montana Democratic Party; [email protected]
Gianni Snidle, Kathleen for Montana; [email protected]
Shibu Arens, MDP – Morigeau; [email protected]
In 2018, Rosendale raised $16,600 from short-term junk health insurance executives in Florida as Insurance Commissioner, then cut himself a check with their money to pay down a personal loan.
Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale continues to push junk insurance in direct response to concerns over coronavirus — despite the fact that “not all short-term plans may cover testing for COVID-19” and that the plans could “reject Montanans who have pre-existing health conditions” — like COVID-19. Recently, a report revealed that many consumers have been forced to pay for their own lifesaving treatment under short-term junk insurance plans, but Maryland Matt and Troy Downing continue to push them as a viable option.
Troy Downing has pushed predatory junk plans as just “another tool in the tool box.” Downing’s opposition to protections for Montanans with pre-existing conditions comes as no surprise, given that he supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, which protects 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions against insurance company discrimination, and insures more than 80,000 Montanans through Medicaid expansion. When discussing the ACA during his failed 2018 bid for U.S. Senate, Downing called it a “disaster” and said, “I would have been a proponent of not repeal or replace, but just repeal.”
“Insurance that allows insurers to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, exclude coverage for expensive conditions, and place lifetime caps and limits on policies is predatory, period,” said candidate for U.S. House Kathleen Williams. “We need a member of Congress who will be an independent voice for Montanans, not only an advocate for their big industry donors.”
“Montanans deserve affordable, quality coverage that covers what it purports to cover,” said candidate for State Auditor Shane Morigeau. “My opponent will continue to allow these plans to provide inadequate coverage to Montanans, and he’ll continue the incumbent Auditor Rosendale’s pattern of promoting these predatory plans. I won’t let that happen.”
A recording of the press conference can be found here.
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