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Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035

Phone: (207) 624-8511
Fax: (207) 624-8595

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                                                        Professional & Financial Regulation

                                                        Date

                                                        Description

                                                        4/17/2020 The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine, Board of Osteopathic Licensure, Board of Nursing, and Board of Pharmacy issue guidance for their licensees regarding prescribing hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, and azithromycin for prophylactic purposes
                                                        April 17, 2020 Press Release Regarding Hydroxychloroquine (PDF)
                                                        4/7/2020 Governor Mills Issues Executive Order to Expand Access to Health Care During COVID-19
                                                        Press Release - Executive Order 35 (April 2020)
                                                        9/27/2017 "More Important Than Ever" to Compare Health Insurance Plans
                                                        9/7/2017 In the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Preparing for Irma, Governor and Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Encourage Generosity, But Warn Against Scams
                                                        6/14/2017 Registration Deadline Announced for Fuel Dealers Offering Pre-Paid Home Heating Contracts; Online Registration Process Available to Help Fuel Dealers and Public
                                                        10/28/2016 Free Maine State Internal Plumbing Code Training Offered to All Licensed Plumbers and Interested Parties
                                                        10/27/2016 Maine State Board Cautions Consumers about Auctioneer
                                                        10/24/2016 Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Issues Reminder to Fuel Dealers about Pre-Paid Home Heating Contracts Deadline
                                                        10/3/2016 Free Maine State Internal Plumbing Code Training Offered to All Licensed Plumbers and Interested Parties
                                                        6/3/2016 Registration Deadline Announced for Fuel Dealers Offering Pre-Paid Home Heating Contracts
                                                        5/29/2016 Governor and Commissioner Recognize Memorial Day by Focusing on Effort to Make Occupational Licensing Easier for Veterans: Assistance Available May 31st
                                                        12/8/2015 Governor and Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Offer Guidance for Holiday Season Charitable Contributions--Charitable Scams Often Increase This Time of Year
                                                        10/30/2015 Governor and Commissioner Highlight Initiative to Make Occupational Licensing Easier and Faster for Veterans--Assistance Available at November 10th Veterans Licensing Event
                                                        10/27/2015 Maine Health Data Organization Introduces New Health Care Quality and Cost Comparison Website
                                                        10/7/2015 Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Issues Reminder to Consumers and Fuel Dealers about Deadline in Maine Law Regarding Pre-Paid Home Heating Contracts
                                                        6/26/2015 Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Reminds Fuel Dealers to Register by June 30th Deadline if Offering Pre-Paid Home Fuel Contracts
                                                        4/8/2015 State Electricians’ Board Issues Warning about Former Master Electrician and Offers Free Inspections
                                                        12/15/2014 Governor and Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Offer Guidance for Holiday Season Charitable Contributions---Charitable Scams Often Increase This Time of Year
                                                        10/31/2014 Governor and Commissioner Highlight Initiative to Make Occupational Licensing Easier and Faster for Veterans; Assistance Available at November 12th Hiring Our Heroes Event
                                                        10/27/2014 Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Issues Reminder to Consumers and Fuel Dealers about Deadline in Maine Law Regarding Pre-Paid Home Heating Contracts
                                                        5/16/2014 Small Business Week Recognized by Governor and Commissioners: DPFR Commissioner Presents Certificate to Falmouth Salon
                                                        4/1/2014 Governor and Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Announce Upcoming Informational Sessions to Assist Veterans and Current Service Members in Obtaining Occupational Licenses
                                                        1/31/2014 State Agencies and Service Organizations to Assist Veterans and Current Service Members in Obtaining Occupational Licenses and Securing a Job
                                                        Bureau of Financial Institutions
                                                        4/6/2020 Maine Financial Institutions Superintendent warns consumers of financial scams related to the anticipated direct payments from the U.S. Government under the CARES Act.
                                                        3/27/2020 Superintendent LaFountain notifies financial institutions of new FAME Loan Guarantee Program for borrowers affected by COVID-19
                                                        3/27/2020 Statement on Financial Institutions Working with Customers Affected by the Coronavirus and Regulatory Assistance
                                                        4/2/2018 Maine's Bureau of Financial Institutions warns public about online banking update scams
                                                        3/1/2017 Maine’s Bureau of Financial Institutions Cautions Companies and Employees about Business Email Compromise (BEC) Scams
                                                        9/12/2016 Maine’s Bureau of Financial Institutions Warns Public about Phony Text Messages Sent to Bank and Credit Union Customers
                                                        Bureau of Insurance
                                                        July 1, 2022 Maine Health Insurers File Proposed Rates for 2023 Plan Year
                                                        March 14, 2022 Insurance Bureau Conducts 435 Investigations for Consumers in 2021, Resulting in More Than $1.3 Million Recovered on Behalf of Mainers
                                                        March 9, 2022 Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa to Retire April 1, Capping Decades of State and National Service
                                                        February 15, 2022 Maine's Historic Action Today Will Merge Its Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Markets in 2023 and Create More Stable Pricing in Both
                                                        February 10, 2022 Maine Insurance Superintendent Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP)
                                                        November 30, 2021 Maine Bureau of Insurance to Hold Virtual Public Forum December 2nd To Discuss Proposed Long-Term Care Insurance Rate Increases by Genworth
                                                        July 12, 2021 Preparing for and Recovering from Summer Storms
                                                        June 15, 2021 Insurance Superintendent Again Reminds Mainers to "Shop Safely" During Expanded Special Open Enrollment for Health Coverage Through August 15th
                                                        March 3, 2021 During the Open Enrollment to Buy Health Insurance, Now Through May 15th, Superintendent Cioppa Reminds Mainers to "Shop Safely"
                                                        February 11, 2021 Insurance Bureau Conducts 450 Investigations for Consumers in 2020, Resulting in Close to $1.4 Million Recovered on Behalf of Mainers; Lost Life Policy Matches Add Additional $800,000
                                                        August 26, 2020 Maine Bureau of Insurance Announces 13.1 Percent Overall Average Decrease in Individual Health Insurance Rates for 2021
                                                        June 25, 2020 Maine Insurance Superintendent Reminds Businesses to Comply with the Terms of Their Insurance Contracts as They Reopen
                                                        June 1, 2020 Insurance Superintendent Says Even Mainers Outside of Flood Zones Should Consider Flood Insurance, Now.
                                                        May 1, 2020 Don't Rely on Travel Insurance to Cover COVID-19 Cancellations
                                                        April 24, 2020 Mainers Should Be Alert for COVID-19 Related Insurance Scams
                                                        April 6, 2020 Insurance Superintendent Lauds Allstate as the Company Announces a $1.3 million "Shelter-in-Place-Payback" to Mainers
                                                        March 25, 2020 Mainers Recently Unemployed Should Consider Their Health Insurance Coverage Options As Soon As Possible, Says Superintendent
                                                        February 18, 2020 Insurance Bureau Highlights Recoveries for Maine Consumers: Complaint Investigations Result in Over $2 Million Recovered in 2019; Death Master Life Insurance Recoveries Top $49.2 Million through 2019
                                                        September 25, 2019 Bureau of Insurance Signs Additional Multi-State Settlements with Life Insurance Companies Over Bad Practices
                                                        Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection
                                                                                                                  Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation
                                                                                                                  10/17/2019 State Board of Veterinary Medicine Revokes Cynthia Teer's license
                                                                                                                  4/17/2019 State Board of Veterinary Medicine Issues Warning about Formerly Licensed Veterinarian Continuing to Practice
                                                                                                                  Office of Securities
                                                                                                                  April 21, 2021 Attorney General and Securities Administrator Warn Public About New Phone Scam
                                                                                                                  September 25, 2020 Maine Securities Administrator Joins with CFTC to Charge Precious Metals Dealers in $185 Million Scheme Targeting Elderly Investors
                                                                                                                  April 21, 2020 Maine Supreme Court Affirms Convictions in Elder Financial Exploitation Case
                                                                                                                  April 3, 2020 Maine Securities Administrator Warns COVID-19-Related Investment Schemes Anticipated
                                                                                                                  March 25, 2020 Maine Securities Administrator Issues Order Providing Temporary Regulatory Relief For Financial Industry
                                                                                                                  March 10, 2020 Maine Securities Administrator Reminds Investors To Remain Calm During Market Volatility And Beware Of Con Artists
                                                                                                                  December 23, 2019 Maine Securities Administrator Announces Top Investor Threats For 2020
                                                                                                                  June 13, 2019 Military & Families Resource Fair
                                                                                                                  April 24, 2019 Maine Securities Administrator Announces 10 Year Sentence in Elder Financial Exploitation Case
                                                                                                                  November 13, 2018 Maine Securities Administrator Announces Conviction in Elder Financial Exploitation Case
                                                                                                                  May 25, 2018 Maine Securities Administrator Finalizes $19.4 Million Agreement with Merrill Lynch Regarding Maines NextGen College Investing Plan
                                                                                                                  April 20, 2018 Securities Administrator Reminds Investors to Approach Binary Options with Caution; Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Overseas Company
                                                                                                                  March 5, 2018 Maine Securities Administrator Announces Sentencing in Case of Theft and Securities Fraud
                                                                                                                  June 13, 2017 In Highlighting Elder Abuse Awareness Day, State Officials Urge Mainers to Report Suspected Cases of Financial Exploitation
                                                                                                                  August 22, 2016 Maines Office of Securities Announces First Fund-ME Crowdfunding Offering in Maine -- Fund-ME Provides New and Existing Businesses with Opportunity to Obtain Investments Needed to Start or Expand Operations

                                                                                                                   

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