Working Group Discusses Health Care Reform

Kyle Schmauch 2017, Insurance, Press Release

HELENA, MT –The Montana Bipartisan Healthcare Working Group met today at the Montana State Capitol to discuss federal health care reform, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Matt Rosendale’s recommendations to Congress, and state legislative efforts.

“Obamacare is in a death spiral and reform would have been necessary no matter who won the 2016 elections,” Rosendale told the Working Group. “I’ve provided my recommendations to Congress which are designed to give Montana the flexibility to develop our own effective health care solutions to meet the needs of the people in our state.”

Rosendale sent a letter to Montana’s federal delegation and other key congressional leaders outlining the reforms he thinks should be included in the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The letter summarizes discussions Rosendale and his staff have had with members of Congress over the past couple months. The letter and a summary of Rosendale’s recommendations are available on the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance website at csimt.gov/reform.

The Working Group also discussed the latest federal action on Obamacare and legislative progress on health care issues.

“The newly-released House Republican bill in Congress gets the conversation started, but it has a long ways to go before it’s a final product,” Rosendale continued. “I’m actively monitoring the legislation and providing input to Congress on changes that need to be made. Congress has the opportunity to create meaningful reform if they repeal one-size-fits-all mandates from Washington and give Montana the flexibility to innovate and meet the unique challenges of our rural state.”

“I envision a true marketplace for health care that empowers Montanans with control over their health care spending, lowers the cost of care, improves access, and offers countless options to meet personal health care needs. I’m encouraged by the bipartisan discussions we’ve had here at the Working Group and I hope we can continue working together to create the best outcome for Montana as we respond to changes at the federal level,” Rosendale said.

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