Montana insurance summit examines rising healthcare costs

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By: Mike Dennison

Front-and-center at State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale’s annual insurance-summit were efforts by his office – and others – to control rising healthcare costs.

Rosendale’s office is taking a hard look at two big drivers in health-care costs: Hospitals and prescription drugs. In particular, they’re taking a close look at how hospitals set their prices – and whether those prices reflect the actual cost of services.

Special projects coordinator Marilyn Bartlett says her research indicates that government-funded health programs are covering close to 100% of Montana hospitals’ costs.

But, she noted that hospitals repeatedly claim these programs don’t cover costs – and therefore, the hospitals say they must charge privately insured patients more.

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