Rosendale worked to pass a reinsurance program in Montana that helped decrease health care insurance premiums and could be used as a model for other states.
Montana State House of Representatives, 2011-2013; Montana State Senator, 2013-2017; Montana State Auditor, 2017-2021
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Rosendale ran against Democrat Kathleen Williams to succeed Republican Greg Gianforte in representing Montana in their at-large Congressional district.
Greg Gianforte (R), retired to run for governor of Montana
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Montana State Auditor/Insurance Commissioner
Rosendale spent his career working in real estate and land management. He grew his family real estate business into a full-service firm with 65 agents and four offices. He served twice as chairman of the Glendive Agri-Trade Expo committee. Rosendale first ran for the Montana State House in 2010 after being urged by his friends and neighbors. He served one term in the State House before being elected to the State Senate in 2012. In 2014, Rosendale was elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Leader in the State Senate. In 2016, he was elected to serve as Montana’s state auditor. Rosendale served on the Business and Labor, Transportation and Local Government Committees when he was in the State House. He served on the Finance and Claims, Highways and Transportation and Natural Resources committees in the State Senate. He also served as Vice Chair of the Natural Resources and Transportation Committee and Chair of the Rules Committee while in the Senate.
On The Issues
Rosendale has spoken positively of President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including his distribution of PPE and easing of regulations relating to telemedicine. Rosendale has supported “pro-business policies” to “keep our
Rosendale wants ACA repealed and replaced. He supports protections for pre-existing conditions and Direct Primary Care agreements, working in support of both policies during his time as state auditor. He also worked to pass a reinsurance
program which was largely responsible for lowering health insurance premiums in the state of Montana, a program which would not be lawful if the ACA was repealed.
Rosendale opposes the legalization of marijuana.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
As state auditor, Rosendale supported House Bill 142, the Mental Health Parity Act. This legislation requires health insurance policies to cover mental health treatments at the same level it covers physical health. During an interview with NBC Montana, Rosendale responded to a question asking what needed to be done to stop the opioid epidemic by saying, “We must secure our borders. Drugs are pouring into our
country and ripping our communities apart because of illegal immigration.”
As state auditor, Rosendale supported Montana Senate Bill 71, which would have placed new rules on contracts between health insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). This bill would only have applied to individual
health insurance plans, which make up about 7% of plans in the state, and there were mixed thoughts as to whether the rules would have lowered costs.
The bill was ultimately vetoed by Governor Steve Bullock, with the state legislature unable to override the veto. Another piece of legislation, Senate Bill 83,
which established new rules for PBMs, passed both chambers of the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Bullock.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
As a member of Congress, Rosendale intends to “fight the D.C. status quo and work to unwind the red tape at the VA.”
Rosendale describes himself as “100% prolife.” He opposes funding for Planned Parenthood from any level of government and supports the Born
Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Rosendale has stated that he will not support any reduction in Medicare or Social
DID YOU KNOW?
During his 2018 campaign against incumbent Democrat Jon Tester to represent Montana in the U.S. Senate, Rosendale challenged Tester to a fence building contest.