EDITORIAL: The Cost of Not Knowing

csimt 2013, Editorial, Insurance, Legislature, Press Release

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

csimt 2012, Insurance, Legislature, Press Release

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.

The Montana Way

csimt 2011, Editorial, Insurance, Legislature, Press Release

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.

Bill To Protect Health Insurance Consumers Scheduled For Hearing

csimt 2011, Insurance, Legislature, Press Release

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.