Insurance chief says Montana better off than many other states

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By: Phil Drake

Montana remains in better shape when it comes to insurance than many other states, the commissioner of securities and insurance told nearly 350 people Wednesday at an insurance summit, adding the state had three private health insurers offering plans under the Affordable Care Act while many had only one or two.

And he said benefits for those plans would be covered through 2018.

On another note, Matt Rosendale, Montana’s insurance chief and state auditor, also said that many laws in the 2017 legislative session that would have helped the insurance climate were vetoed by the governor.

Rosendale, a Republican, also noted that in February, about a month after he took office, he took some heat in saying that repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act would not happen soon.

He said that seven months later, the ACA, also known as Obamacare, remains in place.

On Tuesday, GOP members of the U.S. Senate backed off efforts to repeal Obamacare after noting they lacked the votes.

Rosendale kicked off the daylong event at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel that included a state legislative wrapup, the federal legislative climate, insurance fraud and a keynote address by Philip C. Marshall, who became guardian for his grandmother Brooke Astor, who was a victim of elder abuse.

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