Good Legislation Getting Left Behind
Well… we have been pretty negative here at 4&20 when it comes to this Republican controlled session of the Montana legislator. It’s about time we highlighted something good coming out of this session and something that is common sense legislation that most people can get behind.
HB 105 was introduced at the request of Monica Lindeen and aims to give the state insurance auditor the regulatory authority over insurance premium increases. As of 2011 we are one of only three states that do not have regulatory authority over insurance pricing.
I’m happy to see someone attempting this reform, as I would say it’s badly needed. Last year my health insurance premiums went up by 44% and I have never once used the coverage provided in the three years I’ve had a policy with BCBS. I even wrote a letter to Lindeen last year complaining about the premium increase and got a reply back that her office had no authority over pricing. I’m sure she received a lot of letters and emails from Montana citizens getting screwed by their insurance provider, and now here she is responding to the outcry from normal people… just how state politics should work. If you want more information take a look at the fact sheet here and a story covering the bill from the Missoula Indy
Unfortunately this bill hasn’t made any real progress in almost a month. It’s sad that a good, common sense reform such as this has taken a back seat to the lunacy taking place in Helena.