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A list of news releases related to consumer protection and education.

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  • Health Reform 101 - Can you be denied coverage after January 1, 2014?
    August 23, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – In addition to expanded benefits sets that will be required in all plans sold during Open Enrollment beginning October 1, 2013, health insurance companies can no longer deny coverage based on past or current health issues. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is a trusted resource to provide Minnesotans with the health insurance information they need to understand upcoming changes to help make the important decisions for themselves and their families.
  • Health Reform 101 – Commerce Department provides information on benefits included in plans for 2014
    August 12, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota consumers looking to buy insurance for 2014 will see important changes in law to comply with the health reform in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Minnesota Department of Commerce is a trusted resource to provide Minnesotans with the health insurance information they need to understand upcoming changes to help make the important decisions for themselves and their families.
  • Commerce Department Will Release Key MNsure Information on September 6th
    August 09, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that all health plan companies that will offer policies through Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, will publicly release policy rates and information on September 6, 2013 – one month earlier than planned. The early release was agreed to by all health plan companies after the Commerce and Health Departments sent a joint letter requesting greater transparency for consumers.
  • Department of Commerce offers assistance and information on hail and storm damage claims
    August 07, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Many areas of Minnesota were hit last night with hail leaving damaged homes and vehicles. The Department of Commerce reminds consumers to review their auto and homeowners policy, contact their insurance agent and document property damage.
  • Farmfest 2013: Commerce Department Provides Bountiful Crop of Information for Families and Businesses
    August 05, 2013 - REDWOOD FALLS, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce returns to Farmfest this year, with more information relevant to rural Minnesota economies than ever before.
  • Commerce Department urges consumers to use caution to avoid insurance policy mill scams
    August 01, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Two recent investigations conducted by the Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau uncovered insurance “policy mill” schemes that resulted in felony insurance fraud and forgery charges against individuals who masqueraded as insurance agents bilking their customers out of cash and insurance coverage.
  • Commerce Department Updates Insurers on Same-Sex Insurance Benefit Coverage
    July 31, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – In preparation for August 1, 2013, the day that same-sex marriage in Minnesota becomes law, the state’s Department of Commerce and Department of Health issued a joint bulletin to all insurers to provide guidance related to insurance coverage for dependents.
  • The Department of Commerce Reminds Teen Drivers and Parents to Discuss Responsible Driving
    July 12, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN -- Summer is the deadliest time of year for teenage motor vehicle accidents and parents can play an important role in ensuring their teen is a safe driver. The Department of Commerce recommends that parents and their teen driver discuss safe driving habits such as always wearing a seatbelt, no texting while driving, and never driving while intoxicated.
  • Attorney General Swanson and Commissioner Rothman Sue California Outfit Over Scheme to Deprive Consumers of State Legal Protections
    July 11, 2013 - Attorney General Lori Swanson and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today filed a lawsuit against CashCall, Inc., a California outfit with a history of legal troubles, for charging Minnesota borrowers annual percentage rates ("APRs") of up to 342 percent and origination fees of up to $500 after falsely telling them that the loans are governed by tribal law.
  • The Department Of Commerce Focuses on Homeownership, Offers Guidance in Selecting a Real Estate Agent
    June 27, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – To highlight National Homeownership Month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is emphasizing the importance of consumer education in helping Minnesotans achieve affordable homeownership. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales are continuing to improve and the median sales price increased by double digits from the previous year. Many potential buyers and sellers might be encouraged to seize the opportunity of an improving market and put their homes on the market or start looking to purchase a home.
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