Press Releases

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

Phone: (207) 624-8525
Fax: (207) 624-8595

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Prior Year Press Releases

    Professional & Financial Regulation

    Date

    Description

    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 Isues Reminder to Consumers and Fuel Dealers about Deadline in Maine Law Regarding Pre-Paid Home Heating 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 Department Announces 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
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    Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Reminds Fuel Dealers to Register by June 30th Deadline if Offering Pre-Paid Home Fuel Contracts
    Bureau of Financial Institutions
    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
    December 3, 2018 Maine's Insurance Superintendent: "Fewer Than Two Weeks Left to Buy Major Medical Health Insurance"
    October 29, 2018 Open Enrollment to Purchase Individual Health Insurance Begins Nov 1
    September 14, 2018 The Bureau of Insurance 2019 Individual Health Insurance Rate Calculator is now available.
    July 10, 2018 Maine Bureau of Insurance to Hold Public Information and Comment Sessions Regarding 2019 Health Insurance Rate Requests
    June 28, 2018 The Official Start of Atlantic Hurricane Season is Here - Are You Prepared And Protected?
    April 10, 2018 Maine Bureau of Insurance Supports National Retirement Planning Week April 9–13
    April 9, 2018 Maine Bureau of Insurance Announces Public Information Sessions, April 12 & 13, Regarding Proposed Federal Section 1332 Waiver
    March 23, 2018 Mainers Recover More Than $1.7 Million in 2017 from Insurance Companies, With Assistance from Bureau of Insurance
    February 20, 2018 Maine’s Insurance Superintendent Approves 12% Average Decrease in Workers' Compensation Loss Costs
    February 8, 2018 Maine Continues to Rank Among Most Affordable States for Personal Auto and Homeowners Insurance
    January 23, 2018 Insurance Superintendent Reminds Mainers Who Lost Anthem Marketplace Coverage at Year’s End That They Have Until March 1 to Enroll in a New 2018 Plan
    December 19, 2017 Insurance Superintendent Alerts Mainers Impacted by October’s Severe Storm that They May Have More Time to Enroll in Health Insurance
    December 6, 2017 Insurance Superintendent Reminds Mainers Who Need Health Insurance to Shop Before Open Enrollment Closes on December 15
    November 7, 2017 In Aftermath of Recent Storm Insurance Superintendent Reminds Mainers That the Bureau is Here to Help
    October 24, 2017 Maine Insurance Superintendent Clarifies Issues Related to Open Enrollment Period of ACA Individual Market
    October 10, 2017 UPDATED - “More Important Than Ever” to Compare Health Insurance Plans
    September 28, 2017 "More Important Than Ever" to Compare Health Insurance Plans
    August 31, 2017 Maine's Insurance Superintendent Urges Mainers to Talk with Their Agent About Purchasing Flood Insurance
    May 30, 2017 State Officials Caution Maine Residents about Threats Posed by Severe Weather as Hurricane Season Approaches
    March 31, 2017 Maine’s Bureau of Insurance Approves 4.3% Decrease in Workers’ Compensation Loss Costs, with approximately $9.5 Million in Expected Savings to Help Businesses
    March 17, 2017 Bureau of Insurance Launches New Consumer and Industry Friendly Website, and Encourages Public Feedback
    February 10, 2017 Maine Ranks Among Most Affordable States for Personal Auto and Homeowners Insurance
    January 30, 2017 Maine Bureau of Insurance Obtains Nearly $970,000 in Recoveries for Consumers and Businesses in 2016
    January 20, 2017 Maine Bureau of Insurance Issues Consumer Guidance Regarding Insurance for Drone Use
    January 9, 2017 Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa Announces Anthem Health Plans of Maine to pay $225,000 Civil Penalty for Untimely Complaint Handling
    December 22, 2016 Maine Insurance Bureau, NAIC Launch Nationwide Life Insurance Policy Locator Tool
    December 21, 2016 Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa Elected Vice President of National Assocation of Insurance Commissioners
    December 9, 2016 Bureau of Insurance Reminds Mainers of December 15 Deadline to Enroll in Individual Health Care Plans for Coverage That Will Be Effective January 1
    October 25, 2016 Bureau of Insurance Encourages Mainers to Compare Health Insurance Plans as Open Enrollment Period Nears--Agency’s Guidance Applies to the Individual Market
    September 1, 2016 Maine Insurance Superintendent Approves Maine Community Health Options' Withdrawal from New Hampshire Market in 2017
    August 2, 2016 Governor and Insurance Superintendent Announce Important New Service to Help People Locate Lost Life Insurance Policies
    May 19, 2016 Governor and Insurance Superintendent Highlight Approaching Hurricane Season and Remind Residents about Actions to Take to Stay Safe and Protect Property
    May 5, 2016 Maine Bureau of Insurance Issues Reminder About Long-Term Care Insurance Forum
    March 29, 2016 Insurance Superintendent to Hold Long-Term Care Insurance Forum
    March 1, 2016 Maine Ranks Among Most Affordable States for Personal Auto and Homeowners Insurance
    January 22, 2016 Bureau of Insurance Reminds Mainers about End of Open Enrollment and Urges Consumers to Check Doctors, Hospitals and Other Health Providers in Plans Before Making a Selection
    January 15, 2016 Maine Bureau of Insurance Obtains Almost $1.5 Million in Recoveries for Consumers and Businesses in 2015--Handling More Than 6,400 Inquiries and 800 Complaint Cases
    October 14, 2015 Bureau of Insurance Provides Guidance to Mainers Enrolling in or Renewing Health Insurance Plans as Open Enrollment Period Nears
    October 2, 2015 Officials Say Recent Storms and Developing Hurricane Joaquin Serve as Reminder about Actions Residents Should Take to Stay Safe and Protect Property During Severe Weather
    August 11, 2015 Insurance Superintendent Highlights New Law to Protect Transportation Network Company Drivers, Passengers and Others Using Roadways in Maine
    April 6, 2015 Maine's Bureau of Insurance Joins International Information Exchange Agreement
    February 5, 2015 Governor and State Consumer Protection Officials Say Consumer Laws Protect Against Risks Posed by Anthem Data Breach
    January 23, 2015 Maine Ranks Among the Most Affordable in the Nation for Personal Auto and Homeowners Insurance
    January 16, 2015 Maine Bureau of Insurance Obtains Almost $3.4 Million in Recoveries for Consumers and Businesses in 2014: Bureau Handled More Than 8,000 Inquiries and Nearly 900 Complaint Cases
    Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection
    August 6, 2018 New Financial Guide for Veterans
    November 22, 2017 Consumer Agency Urges Responsible Use of “Plastic” During Holiday Gift-Giving Season
    September 8, 2017 State Officials Provide Information and Guidance for Mainers in Response to Data Breach at Equifax
    July 20, 2017 State Officials Caution the Public about Scams Related to Tax Collections
    May 30, 2017 With Summer Car and Truck Sales Events Underway, State Officials Offer Free Auto Buying and Financing Guide
    February 16, 2017 State Officials Offer Auto Buying and Financing Guide In Time for Presidents’ Day Sales
    January 6, 2017 State Offers New Consumer Booklet Free to Maine Residents: “On the Money – A Young Person’s Guide to Personal Finance”
    December 29, 2016 State Consumer Protection Officials Announce ‘Top 10’ New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Financial Health
    November 18, 2016 State Officials Offer Free Consumer Financial Protection Publication as “Black Friday” and Holiday Shopping Season Approach: Downeaster Common Sense Guide: Credit Cards, Paper or Plastic
    August 22, 2016 Governor and Other State Officials Announce New Consumer Financial Protection Publication -- Downeaster Common Sense Guide to High Interest/High Cost Loans
    August 17, 2016 State Officials Announce New Consumer Financial Protection Publication: Downeaster Common Sense Guide to High Interest/High Cost Loans
    May 26, 2016 In Advance of Holiday Auto Sales Events, State Officials Highlight Free Auto Buying and Financing Guide
    March 4, 2016 State Officials Announce Free Resources and Activities to Assist Maine Residents for National Consumer Protection Week
    February 12, 2016 State Officials Offer New Auto Buying and Financing Guide Specially Designed for Presidents’ Day Sales
    December 9, 2015 State Officials Issue Warning about Phony IRS Calls, and Offer Free Anti-Scam Publications
    November 24, 2015 State Officials Announce New Consumer Financial Protection Publications as Holiday Shopping Season Arrives
    October 14, 2015 State Officials Advise Consumers of New Maine File Freeze Law
    July 20, 2015 State Consumer Protection Officials Announce New Publication--Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Automobile Buying and Financing
    January 12, 2015 Governor and Consumer Protection Officials Announce New Publication: Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Credit Bureaus and Credit Reports
    August 22, 2014 State Officials Announce New Consumer Protection Publication: Gone Phishing – Identifying and Avoiding Consumer Scams
    August 18, 2014 State Officials Issue Consumer Protection Alert Following Data Breach Announcement by Shaw’s Parent Company
    July 15, 2014 Maine State Officials Issue Warning about Fake Offers of Government Grants in Exchange for Advance Fee
    February 27, 2014 Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection Issues Comprehensive Home Mortgage Guide
    Free Foreclosure Prevention Clinics to be Held
    Capital Mortgage Group shut down
      Office of Professional and Occupational Registration
      Office of Securities
      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 Maine’s 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 Maine’s 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
      June 9, 2016 In Highlighting Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Governor LePage and State Officials Urge Mainers to Report Suspected Cases of Abuse
      April 29, 2016 Governor and Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Highlight Upcoming 'Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools’ Conference
      April 14, 2016 State Officials Announce Sentencing in Case of Securities Fraud, Forgery and Other Crimes

       

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      Last Updated: November 14, 2017