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The Office of the Montana State Auditor, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Press Releases

230 Press Releases
  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:07 GMT

    July 4th Wildfire Risks

    JULY 2, 2021 “Independence Day Weekend is ahead of us, which means many Montanans will be utilizing our expansive public lands to camp, hike, fish, and recreate. This is Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing. Over the long and unusually warm weekend, please …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    Wildfires

     JUNE 21, 2021 “Montana is expecting an above-normal fire season. High temperatures, drought, and heavy fuel loads in our forests are critical factors in the unseasonably large number of fires we’ve experienced over the last few weeks. The fires have …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    Replacement Costs

     JUNE 14, 2021 “This is Commissioner Troy Downing. Lumber prices are at all-time highs. Consumer prices surged 5% last month, the fastest in over a decade. Everything is getting more expensive, but few Montanans know this means your insurance coverage may …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    Poor Quality Health Plans

     JUNE 8, 2021 “Unlicensed and untrained agents using high-pressure sales techniques and intentionally misleading information are selling poor-quality health plans to Montanans. This is Commissioner of Insurance Troy Downing. Purchasing a health plan that …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    Multi-Level Marketing Companies

     MAY 11, 2021 Dozens of multi-level marketing companies operate in our State, but only around ten are properly filed with our agency. To simplify, a multi-level marketing company or MLM is a company where you sell products to a network of customers who …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    Get Vaccinated

     MAY 5, 2021  “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and the right thing to do.  This is Troy Downing, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, the Montana State Auditor. Last week, I received my first COVID-19 vaccination. I’m asking you to join me in …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    Comparative Negligence

     APRIL 28, 2021 “This is Commissioner Troy Downing. Have you ever been the victim of an automobile accident and had the other driver’s insurance company partially blame you for the accident and require you to pay part of the claim? Assigning liability …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    Elder Exploitation

     APRIL 28, 2021  “This is Commissioner Downing. In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, our agency is sponsoring a legislative study bill to better understand the extent of elder exploitation in our state and what can be done through …

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  • Published on November 17, 2022 - 00:06 GMT

    House Bill 379

     APRIL 28, 2021 “This is Commissioner Troy Downing. Last week, Governor Gianforte signed multiple pieces of legislation sponsored by our agency into law.  Among them was House bill 379, allowing insurance companies to use gender and marital status when …

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  • Published on November 4, 2022 - 21:04 GMT

    No Surprises Act

    Beginning January 1, physicians, hospitals, and air ambulances will no longer be able to “balance bill” patients for certain care outside of their insurance company’s network.  Surprise billing occurs when a patient receives care from a healthcare provider …

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  • Published on November 4, 2022 - 18:48 GMT

    Displacement After Wildfire

    November 4, 2022November 4, 2022 AUGUST 22, 2022,  INSURANCE,  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Hundreds of Montanans have been displaced due to wildfire, sometimes forcing them to drive long distances, find hotel rooms, and purchase additional clothing and …

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  • Published on November 4, 2022 - 18:48 GMT

    Insurance After the Fact is Illegal

     APRIL 27, 2022,  INSURANCE,  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT “Purchasing Car Insurance After The Accident is Fraud and Often a Felony Purchasing car insurance from a smartphone is convenient. It takes just minutes to jump on the internet, get a quote, and …

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  • Published on November 4, 2022 - 18:48 GMT

    St. Patty’s Day & the Cost of a DUI

    MARCH 16, 2022,  INSURANCE,  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Before ordering your first green beer, make sure to plan a safe ride home. Driving under the influence is dangerous for all of us, and you may find yourself spending the …

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  • Published on November 4, 2022 - 18:48 GMT

    Spring Flooding

    FEBRUARY 24,  2022,  INSURANCE,  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT “With temperatures in the negatives across the state, it’s easy to forget that summer is around the corner. Warm spring and early summer temperatures mean two things in Montana: road construction …

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  • Published on November 4, 2022 - 18:48 GMT

    Metals.com Scheme

    FEBRUARY 1, 2022 2022,  PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT,  SECURITIES Our agency has settled a nationwide scheme perpetrated by Metals.com affecting several Montanans ─ who collectively invested more than $2.9 million in precious metals. Our investigation …

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  • Published on October 28, 2022 - 17:07 GMT

    Commissioner Troy Downing Warns of Rising Costs for Cybersecurity Insurance

    Downing Offers Advice to Businesses During Cybersecurity Awareness Month Helena, Mont.- During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it is a good time to review your systems and reassess your cybersecurity insurance. The surge of Russian, Chinese, North Korean, …

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  • Published on October 24, 2022 - 16:29 GMT

    Montana politicians pen letters criticizing Department of Defense over pharmacy policy

    HELENA, Mont. – Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Troy Downing penned a letter to the White House last week, criticizing the Department of Defense (DOD) for allowing a change in policy that could leave Montana veterans without an in-network pharmacy …

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  • Published on October 20, 2022 - 16:44 GMT

    Military members could lose access to local pharmacies, MT officials call for reversal

    Active and retired Montana military members could face hours of windshield time to secure life-saving medications because of a reduction of local pharmacies covered by their health insurance, state and federal officials have warned. Beginning Monday, …

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  • Published on October 18, 2022 - 15:41 GMT

    Land Board approves purchase of Big Snowy Mountains Wildlife Management Area

    The Montana Land Board on Monday approved the state’s purchase of a nearly 5,700-acre property in the Big Snowy Mountains north of Ryegate for a new wildlife management area. The board, made up of Gov. Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Austin Knudsen, …

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  • Published on October 17, 2022 - 17:54 GMT

    A Win for Public Land Access, Hunters, and Agriculture

    In 2019, WWII veteran Forrest Allen passed away, bequeathing 5,677 acres in Golden Valley County to the Shodair Children’s Hospital. Today, as a member of the Board of Land Commissioners, I was proud to vote in favor of purchasing this land for public use. …

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