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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

MTPR – April 2, 20143:53 AM ET – Heard on Morning Edition – Montana featured this morning on NPRs Morning Edition story about health CO-OPs. Thanks to reporter Eric Whitney for this excellent coverage. “The co-op states have 8.4 percent lower premiums, on average, than [other states] across the marketplace,” says Morrison. “So co-ops are creating that competition. They’re keeping rates down in the states they’re operating in.”  More info…

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Court blocks top-two primary referendum from appearing on 2014 ba

Independent Record – Chuck Johnson  – Mar 25, 2014 – The Montana Supreme Court ruled in our favor today and struck LR-127 from the 2014 ballot because the title was unlawfully long. There will be no “jungle primary” in Montana. Thanks to our clients, MEA-MFT, Montana AFL-CIO, Montana Public Employees Association, Montana Human Rights Network and AFSCME for challenging this referendum.  More info… ————————— The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the state from placing a legislative referendum on the November ballot that, if passed, would greatly change how the state’s primary elections work. By a 6-1 majority, with Justice Laurie […]

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Health Care Law Fails to Lower Prices for Rural Areas

The New York Times – By Reed Abelson, Katie Thomas and Jo Craven McGinty – Oct. 23, 2013 – Montana Health CO-OP featured today in the New York Times. CO-OPs are holding down rates. Rates are 9{ca06d97f7f86d976d7b467ed95cbdc0d26de221eb174e8e806be89bcb9d0dade} lower in CO-OP states. Without them, rates are still high in rural states. “If co-ops are the game-changing, paradigm-changing force that we hope and expect them to be, they will permanently drive down rates,” said John Morrison, the president of the board of the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs, which recently released a study concluding that premiums were lower in states with co-ops. […]

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