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.
Legislation proposed by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen to create a state-based health insurance exchange is scheduled for hearing on Tuesday, February 1st, at 8:00AM, in the House Business and Labor Committee. HB124 is carried by Helena Representative Chuck Hunter.
Monica Lindeen, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, today requested authority to review health insurance premium rate increases in a bill proposed by her agency and heard in the House Business and Labor Committee.
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.
Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus and Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen today announced the implementation of important consumer protections under the new health care law that will ban private insurance company abuses and provide Montanans with the insurance security and choices they deserve.
Today Montana State Auditor and Commissioner of Insurance and Securities strongly praised Governor Schweitzer’s decision to sign House Bill 258 into law.
As the tax filing deadline looms, the Montana state senate has passed a bill that would help small businesses save thousands on the cost of health insurance.
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.