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Ten basic no-cost or low-cost ways to stay cool, save energy, reduce emissions 

As we enter the hot days of summer with temperatures over 90 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources reminds consumers of some simple no-cost or low-cost energy-saving tips to help keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce utility bills. “There are some basic steps we can all take to reduce our energy use over the hot summer months,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “These measures are kind to both our pocketbooks and the environment. Reducing energy use decreases carbon emissions from burning coal and petroleum products, and this has a positive impact on our air and water quality.”

Check out the following 10 tips to keep cool, save money, and help prevent unnecessary power outages by easing high demand on electric power this summer:

• Close curtains and blinds and pull shades during the hottest times of the day to keep the hot sun out. • Set your thermostat to allow your house to be warmer than normal when you are away. Continue Reading →

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Top five things you need to know about money

By Mike Rothman and Darryl Dahlheimer

Contributing Writers


According to the 2012 Financial Capability study, a majority of adults do not have adequate savings in the event of a financial emergency or to meet long-term goals such as college or financial security in retirement. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is providing tips to Minnesotans to help them protect their finances and gain control of their money. “Financial products are becoming more complex, making financial decisions that much harder for consumers,” said Commissioner Mike Rothman. “The Commerce Department is here to help Minnesotans make smart decisions for a secure financial life.”

Commissioner Rothman is launching a financial literacy blog, “Commerce Sense,” that will feature tips and guidance on financial literacy and highlight scams and pitfalls to avoid. Darryl Dahlheimer, a program director for Lutheran Social Services Financial Counseling, joins Commissioner Rothman in offering the top five tips to help Minnesotans concerning their finances. Continue Reading →

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Minnesotans will begin choosing ‘Obamacare’ health plans October 1

State officials say MNsure will help address health disparities

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer


Minnesotans soon can find competitive health insurance plans through MNsure, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, say State officials, who claim the program will help all Minnesotans, especially those from historically disadvantaged communities. “Minnesota today has the lowest average insurance rates in the country” compared to other state exchanges, proclaimed State Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman last week during a Sept. 6 press conference at the State Capitol. His office has approved five companies — Blue Cross Blue Shield, Group Health, Medica of Wisconsin, PreferredOne and UCare — to offer 141 health plans, 78 of them for individuals and families and 63 for small businesses, through MNsure beginning October 1, when open enrollment begins. Under MNsure’s four levels of plans, the monthly premium rates range from $90.59 (bronze) to $120.91 (silver), $141.16 (gold), and $150.75 (platinum). Continue Reading →

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Task force prepares for Affordable Care Act provisions


Group offers recommendations to ensure health disparities are addressed

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

One of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major provisions is the creation of insurance exchanges or state-based marketplaces for small businesses and people without employer health coverage. Although these exchanges, designed to offer choices of affordable health plans, are not mandated until 2014, Minnesota officials are now meeting to decide how to set them up. Will these insurance exchanges, which must be in place beginning in 2014, address health disparities? This was the oft-asked topic at the January 17 state health insurance exchange advisory task force meeting at Shiloh International Temple in North Minneapolis. Health disparities “are a high-priority issue,” says Task Force Chair and State Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman at the four-hour meeting at Shiloh Temple. Continue Reading →

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