Tester promotes bill allowing states to block increased health insurance rates

“Every Montanan deserves access to quality, reasonably priced health insurance,” Tester said Monday. “This bill will hold insurance companies accountable and keep health insurance affordable for thousands of Montanans.”

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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinOvernight Cybersecurity: State Dept. can't verify alleged Clinton hacker's claims The Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief Tech advocates look to target Intel chairman's reelection bid MORE (D-Calif.) introduced S. 137 and Tester is a co-sponsor with Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerThe Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief Cruz fouls out in Indiana Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony MORE (D-Calif.), Bob CaseyBob CaseyObama-backed Dem makes gains in Pa. primary Senate introduces tariff relief bill Lawmakers react to Villanova's buzzer-beater NCAA win MORE Jr. (D-Pa.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAdvocacy group seeks probe into DOD statements on sexual assault Carter pledges probe of sex assault testimony This week: Congress on track to miss Puerto Rico deadline MORE (D-N.Y.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersCongress should celebrate Small Business Week by ending SBA abuses Sanders should stay to the end Gloria Steinem: If Clinton doesn't win it's because majority didn't vote MORE (I-Vt.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Senate looks for easy wins amid 2016 gridlock Portman focuses on drug abuse epidemic in new ad MORE (D-R.I.).

The Health Insurance Rate Review Act empowers states to impose additional rate requirements on health insurance companies and lets state officials review all rate increases, not just premium increases.

The Affordable Care Act required health insurance companies to justify proposed premium increases found to be unreasonable, but did not provide state officials with the power to deny proposed increases. This change would amend the Public Health Service Act.

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