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Lindeen Meets with President Obama about Obamacare

White House looks to states to discuss next steps

April 17, 2014

HELENA – Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen met with President Obama and other high-ranking federal officials today at a White House meeting devoted to discussing next steps and resolving problems as Obamacare rolls into its first year.

Lindeen is president-elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), a U.S. standard setting organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. She was at the White House today in her role as a leader in the NAIC with other state insurance regulators.

"Officials at the highest level understand what we in Montana have known for decades: States are better at regulating insurance and protecting consumers than folks 1,800 miles away. When Montanans have a problem with their insurance company, they need help today – not when their message has moved through a large, central bureaucracy," Lindeen said. "It was an honor to meet with the president today and share with him Montana's story of protecting Montanans while maintaining a healthy insurance market."

Lindeen has a limited availability to speak with reporters by phone today. Please call Jennifer McKee at 444-4237 if you would like to interview the commissioner today.