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  • Department of Commerce secures $98.7 million in funding for the Energy Assistance Program
    November 13, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive $98,726,312 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP). LIHEAP helps low-income homeowners and renters pay heating bills through grant money paid directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of customers.
  • Media Advisory: As Weather Gets Cold, Sen. Franken, Commisioner Rothman to Meet with Low-income Minnesotans Seeking Help Keeping Homes Heated this Winter
    November 08, 2013 - MINNESOTA [11/9/13]—On Saturday, November 9, U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman will sit down at a Vadnais Heights home with Minnesotans who need help keeping their homes heated this winter. The group will discuss how the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been, and continues to be, a critical lifeline for people across Minnesota during the cold winter months.
  • Olmsted and Dodge County Residents to Benefit from Expanded Health Insurance Options During Open Enrollment
    October 30, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN —Residents of Olmsted and Dodge Counties will soon have seven additional health insurance coverage options to choose from through MNsure. The Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Health have been working with insurers for several weeks to find a solution for consumers in specific zip codes who initially had fewer options when buying health insurance coverage through MNsure.
  • Governor proclaims October 30 Weatherization Day in Minnesota
    October 30, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today proclaimed October 30, 2013 Weatherization Day in the State of Minnesota. The proclamation recognizes the efforts of Minnesota’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income families reduce their energy bills permanently by making their homes safer, healthier, and more energy efficient.
  • Commerce Department Highlights Tips for National Save for Retirement Week
    October 23, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Ninety percent of working-age households in the U.S. are not saving enough for retirement and about forty-five percent have nothing saved at all. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is urging Minnesotans to take steps to start saving during National Save for Retirement Week.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce Reminds Investors to Research Investment Opportunities
    October 18, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced the 2013 list of financial products, practices and services that are the greatest potential threats that trap unsuspecting investors. The 2013 list includes investment scams that also impact small business owners.
  • The Department of Commerce urges consumers to shop around for Medicare Open Enrollment 2013
    October 15, 2013 - Every year on October 15, Medicare Open Enrollment starts providing an opportunity for Minnesota seniors to evaluate coverage options. The Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds seniors that insurance policies can change and it is important to review any notices regarding changes from their insurance companies and use open enrollment to find health insurance coverage that fits their budget and health needs.
  • Commerce Department Takes Action against Debt Collectors
    October 09, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently filed a statement of charges and a notice for prehearing against Robert Dunham of Lakeville, Minnesota, the owner of Receivables Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) and Wentworth Assets, LLC for allegedly operating without a license and using money collected by his debt collection companies for personal extravagances.
  • Low-income Minnesotans can prevent heating shutoff, apply for heating assistance
    October 07, 2013 - Low-income Minnesotans who may have trouble paying their heating bills this heating season can act now to (1) ensure that their heat stays on and (2) apply for help to pay their heating bills.
  • Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman elected to the North American Securities Administrators Association Board of Directors
    October 07, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman has been elected as a director on the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Board of Directors. The position on the Board will provide Commissioner Rothman the opportunity to weigh in on NASAA’s planning and policy development for the association’s national pro-investor legislative agenda.
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