Lindeen Meets with Feds Over Marketplace Issues

By Beacon Staff

HELENA — State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says federal officials reassured her that the health insurance marketplace woes will be fixed.

Lindeen said Thursday she met with Health and Human Services department administrators while she was in Washington D.C.

In Montana, like elsewhere, the online marketplace to purchase private health insurance under the federal health care law has been plagued with technical problems.

Lindeen’s office is charged with helping Montanans navigate the health care law.

She says federal officials assured her the issues would be fixed by the end of November for coverage beginning in January.

But Lindeen says she did not get the detailed explanation of the technical problems that she sought. Lindeen says she plans to keep pressing HHS on the matter.

Earlier this week, Lindeen released a statement expressing frustration over technical problems plaguing the marketplace.

“I want to know what went wrong, what they’re doing to fix it – and when,” Lindeen said. “This website is integral to the smooth operation of Montana’s insurance markets. It’s a lifeline for working families looking for affordable, quality health insurance and it’s important it work correctly as soon as possible. I want answers.”

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