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.

Health Insurance Premium Review Bill Scheduled for Hearing

csimt 2011, Insurance, Legislature, Press Release

Health insurance customers who experienced high premium rate increases this year may be interested in a bill proposal by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance. HB 105 will give the Insurance Commissioner the authority to review rate increases by insurance companies. Currently, Montana is one of only three states in the country where health insurance premiums are not filed with the state insurance Commissioner. The bill is being carried by Rep. Robyn Driscoll of Billings and will be up for hearing on Tuesday, January 18th, at 8:00am in the House Business and Labor Committee.

Lindeen Blasts Cuts to Health Care for Children and Small Businesses

csimt 2009, Insurance, Legislature, Press Release

Today, State Auditor Monica Lindeen blasted the action of legislative budget panels that refused funding for the voter-approved initiative extending health coverage to 29,000 Montana uninsured kids, and refused funding that would allow 600 Montana small businesses and their families to participate in Insure Montana, the successful tax credit and premium assistance program.