June 28, 2012
HELENA, Mont. – Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the matter of National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al.
From Commissioner Lindeen:
"As Montana's chief insurance watchdog, it is my responsibility to enforce the law and protect consumers. The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for more than two years now, and the Supreme Court's decision leaves it that way. My office will continue to enforce the law, protect consumers and regulate Montana's insurance market.
"I remain concerned about maintaining states' rights to regulate their own insurance markets. Legislative inaction in Montana's last session let the Affordable Care Act preempt state law. Since then, I've been working hard to make Montana's voice heard as the federal government implements the law. Now that the constitutional argument is settled, I will continue to make Montana's voice heard and work with the next legislature to maintain as much state authority as possible."