Lindeen’s Cost Saving “Medical Homes” Bill Advances to House

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Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen applauded Monday the bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 84, which promotes a Lindeen initiative to lower the cost of health care. SB84 provides structure and standards for a Montana patient-centered medical home program, as well as necessary anti-trust protection for insurers to properly reimburse providers who adopt the model.

Funding Secured to Aid Scam Victims

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Governor Steve Bullock has signed into law a bill providing ongoing funding for the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund, a pool of money that helps victims of investment fraud get back on their feet. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Duane Ankney (R-Colstrip) at the request of Montana Securities Commissioner Monica Lindeen, helps victims of Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes and other investment fraud recover a portion of what they lost.

EDITORIAL: The Cost of Not Knowing

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More than a decade ago, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously summarized a quandary we face in national security: there are things we know, things we know we don’t know, and things we don’t know we don’t know. Rumsfeld took flak in the media for his wordplay, but the concept he tried to express is one that we face both in and out of the national security arena. In health insurance, for example, we know the cost of insurance and the cost of health care are out of control. Chalk that one up in the “things we know” category.

Lindeen: Clear, Consistent Coverage Needed For Cancer Patients

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Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen today presented a landmark definition of routine care for cancer patients that improves patients’ access to cutting-edge clinical trials. Responding to calls from cancer patients who couldn’t get their insurance to cover routine care during clinical trials, the 2011 legislature tasked Lindeen’s office with studying ways to clarify insurance coverage during potentially life-saving treatment.