July 15, 2010                                                         Contact:Lucas Hamilton

Commissioner Lindeen Encouraged by Interest in New Federal Health Insurance Program


      Today, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Monica J. Lindeen was notified that the new high risk pool has received 49 applications for the MAC Plan, the new federal temporary high-risk health insurance pool. Ten applications have been approved with those eligible applicants being enrolled in the coverage.
      
      The other applications are pending further review or approval. Applications that are approved after today and before August 1st will begin coverage on August 15th.
      
      "My office and the people at the MCHA are doing a great job to get the word out about this program," says Lindeen. "My number one priority now is to make sure those in rural areas are hearing about the program and calling or going online to get an application."
      
      The MCHA program, which administers the new pool, has fielded approximately 246 calls seeking information about the MAC Plan since July 1st. The MCHA website is still showing much activity with an average of 200 requests per day for the past week. Website statistics indicate that 2,579 pages have been downloaded by visitors to the website in the past two weeks.
      
      Applications for the new program are designed so that applicants can enroll for both the new federal program, the MAC Plan, and the existing state run MCHA high-risk pool.
      
      For information or to sign up, call 1-800-447-7828, ext. 2128 or go online to www.mthealth.org.