06, 2012 - U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said today that a provision in the nation’s health care law, which this year sent $1.1 billion in health insurance rebates to almost 13 million Americans – including 123,000 Minnesotans – had its origin Minnesota.
03, 2012 - U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will discuss the impact on Minnesota of a provision that Sen. Franken added to the nation's health reform law that has resulted in health insurance rebates for almost 13 million Americans – including 123,000 Minnesotans this year. Franken based his measure on a Minnesota law.
26, 2012 - Formal charges have been filed in Kandiyohi County District Court on allegations that Spicer resident Todd Patrick Paffrath committed felony insurance fraud when a ring was stolen from his Willmar jewelry store last December. According to a formal investigation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Insurance Fraud Unit, Paffrath allegedly submitted an insurance claim after the diamond ring was stolen under a false appraisal for $10,000 more than the ring’s actual value.
23, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding consumers to fully educate themselves before purchasing Limited Medical Benefit Insurance, or Mini-Med Plans. Often these limited benefit plans are bare bones policies that cover specific expenses and have many more limitations than a comprehensive medical plan. Mini-Med plans may seem like a bargain, but may not always be the best or only option.
16, 2012 - Today, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger announced that Minnesota has entered into a $41 million dollar contract with MAXIMUS, Inc. (MMS) to design and develop the technical capabilities, including a consumer friendly website, for Minnesota’s health insurance exchange and Medicaid modernization.
26, 2012 - Several weeks of severe weather across Minnesota has caused golf ball sized hail in Detroit Lakes, downed trees and power lines in Apple Valley and Hastings, and severe flooding in Duluth, Moose Lake, and Cannon Falls. As Minnesotans begin to assess damage to their homes and businesses, waterlogged basements, and broken windshields, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is on hand to help consumers understand their rights, resolve insurance claims, and provide energy and weatherization assistance to low-income Minnesotans.
15, 2012 - Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Janet Golden from the Tubman Senior Rights Alliance joined in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities through their training, “Preventing Elderly Investment Fraud.” The presentation was tailored to health care professionals, focusing on how to spot and report fraud and financial abuse within the elderly and vulnerable adult populations.
22, 2012 - The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today an opportunity for local law enforcement, county prosecutors, and community organizations to apply for a third round of auto theft prevention grants.
19, 2012 - As sirens all over the state sound for severe weather season, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak reminded all Minnesotans to be prepared for bad weather, including the importance of reviewing their insurance needs ahead of the summer storm season.
28, 2012 - The Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force will meet Friday, March 30th from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Hiway Federal Credit Union Administrative Offices, 840 Westminster Street, St. Paul. Members of the public and press are invited to attend.