Jan 252011
 January 25, 2011  Posted by  Laws

Mike Dennison reports:

Two Democratic state senators today said they’ll introduce a bill requiring public disclosure of which state lawmakers are signing up for publicly funded health insurance benefits.

“We shouldn’t be keeping secrets here,” said Sen. Kendall Van Dyk, D-Billings.

Van Dyk and Sen. Anders Blewett, D-Great Falls, said the bill they’ll co-sponsor will require disclosure of the names of all legislators who choose to be covered by the state employees’ health plan or accept state subsidies to cover the out-of-pocket costs for their own private health insurance.

“It’s one thing to oppose health-care reform and to obtain private health insurance on your own dime, but too many lawmakers are calling for repeal while enjoying government health-care benefits and doing it behind closed doors,” Blewett said.

Read more in the Billings Gazette.

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