Matt Rosendale on MT Insurance Increases: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Helena – President Trump signed an executive order today that would gut insurance rules and undermine state insurance marketplaces.
The order would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, something critics – who, according to the Washington Post, include state insurance commissioners – said will drive up costs for some consumers and may not be legal.
One state commissioner who is not speaking up? Matt Rosendale.
Rosendale’s job is to speak up on behalf of Montana’s families each year and keep the insurance companies honest when it comes to increases. But he hasn’t done much to speak up about the uncertainty in the health insurance marketplace, even after insurers told Rosendale they were going to increase premium rates because they were unsure the current health care law would still be in effect.
So now, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana is going to raise their average rate by 23 percent. If they knew the current health care law would stay in place, Blue Cross’s president said they would have an increase of less than 3 percent.
Big difference, right?
Surely this means Rosendale is using his position to speak out against these raises, and demand stability in the marketplace from Washington, or telling the insurance companies to reconsider.
So what is Rosendale doing? “Monitoring the situation,” according to his spokesman. AKA – nothing.
“Matt Rosendale’s job is to review the insurance rates and stand up for Montanans who are facing higher costs,” said Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party. “Instead, he’s not using his position as insurance commissioner to even say a word. Maybe that’s how East Coast land developers like Rosendale do things, but here in Montana, we take our responsibilities seriously.”
Rosendale’s disinterest in using his position to fight for Montanans is really adding up this week. Tuesday, the Great Falls Tribune reported that “Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana sent notices to nearly 7,500 residents in 30 counties statewide saying it will no longer offer Medicare Advantage in 2018, with officials citing lack of service and costs.”
The response from Rosendale’s office?
“We feel for people being harmed by this.” Wow. Inspiring stuff from our insurance commissioner.