A Montana initiative led by Insurance Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen has earned national attention and won Montana a spot among only three other states in a learning collaborative that will help drive Montana’s effort to lower health care costs and improve medical outcomes.
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.
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.
Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen will bring a council of healthcare providers, insurance professionals, cancer survivors, and patient advocates together at the same table for the first time on Wednesday, September 28th at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman to study ways to improve insurance coverage for cancer treatments.
Jesse Laslovich, Chief Legal Counsel for the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI), today delivered a presentation on building a Made-In-Montana Health Insurance Exchange to the Montana Legislature’s Economic Affairs Interim Committee.
Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen today vowed to continue her work to reform health insurance in Montana despite legislative inaction on several key issues, including state-based legislation to establish an online health insurance market.
On Thursday, March 10th, at 8:00am, Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen will testify in opposition to SB 228, a bill that prohibits creating a state-level health insurance exchange. SB 228 is sponsored by Senator Jason Priest from Red Lodge and will be heard by the House Business and Labor Committee.
On Friday, March 4th, Commissioner Monica Lindeen testified in opposition to SB 125, a bill that prohibits state government from administering health insurance reform requirements. Lindeen testified on why the bill fundamentally conflicts with her constitutional duties as Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.
Montana families and small businesses are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of health insurance premiums and the high cost of health care. I have heard the call to elected officials to address this important issue which is affecting our state’s economy and our health. Over the past year, I have been meeting with Montanans from all walks of life – business owners, farmers, ranchers, parents, grandparents, doctors, nurses, insurance agents, and anyone who was willing to visit about what needs to change.
House Bill 128, carried by Rep. Pat Noonan (D-Butte) and proposed by Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen, is scheduled for hearing on Thursday, February 3rd, at 8 am, in the House Business and Labor Committee. HB 128 gives the Commissioner’s office the ability to protect consumers by enforcing market reforms to health insurance policies that went into effect upon issue or renewal after September 23, 2010.