Montana lawmakers push bills on health costs, transparency

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By: Matt Volz

Congress may be undecided about former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, but Montana lawmakers are pushing through legislation they believe will bring down health care costs and increase price transparency regardless of what happens in Washington.

A half-dozen measures were still alive as the 2017 legislative session enters its final days. They include authorizing a high-risk insurance pool, allowing out-of-state insurers to sell policies in Montana, better informing patients about health care prices and giving tax credits to small companies that offer high-deductible plans to their employees.

“If all of this legislation was to pass, I think you will start seeing the cost curve for health care begin to bend down,” Commissioner of Insurance and Securities Matt Rosendale said Monday. “Once you have true competition in the marketplace, then people will use their dollars where they see the best value.”

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