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A cross section of news releases from all areas of our department that are of interest to a general audience.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Subjects of Commerce Insurance Fraud Division investigation plead guilty to multiple counts of fraud, theft by swindle
    May 30, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Earlier today, 61-year-old Stephen A. Marrone of Saint Paul pleaded guilty to three counts of Theft by Swindle (counts 3, 4, and 6) in connection with multiple incidents of annuities fraud. Marrone and his co-defendant Robert S. Hertz were charged by the Ramsey County Attorney’s on August 31, 2012, after an extensive investigation, conducted by the Department of Commerce Insurance Fraud Division, uncovered an annuity conversion scheme that replaced over $4.2 million of annuities.
  • Minnesota Customers Must Act To Keep Lifeline and TAP Telephone Discounts
    March 07, 2013 - St. Paul, Minnesota - The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Minnesota Department of Commerce want to make sure that telephone customers are aware that they must act to continue to receive the benefits of certain telephone discount programs they may have been receiving.
  • Commerce Department warns consumers to beware of phishing scams – don’t take the bait!
    February 27, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s name is currently being misappropriated in a phishing scheme related to the Unclaimed Property Program. The emails reported to the Commerce Department use the subject line “Heritage”, and are written in Slovenian urging relatives of “Andrew Novak” or other unknown relatives to claim their inheritance.
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