Montana Insurers Say Medicaid Cuts Would Drive Up Cost Of Private Health Plans

Steve Daines of Montana (right) talks with fellow Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts in a White House meeting in June on the GOP health care strategy, which would include deep cuts to Medicaid. Montana insurers say the plan worries them.

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Steve Daines of Montana (right) talks with fellow Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts in a White House meeting in June on the GOP health care strategy, which would include deep cuts to Medicaid. Montana insurers say the plan worries them.

Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Montana was one of the last states to expand Medicaid, and its Obamacare marketplace is doing pretty well. It has 50,000 customers, decent competition and no places that have come to be called “bare counties” — where no insurers want to sell plans.

Still, the three insurers selling in Montana now say that if GOP plans to cut Medicaid and repeal the individual mandate go through, it will mean higher costs all around.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/07/535831120/montana-insurers-say-medicaid-cuts-would-drive-up-cost-of-private-health-plans?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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