Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 21, 2010

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has fined an insurance company owned by the troubled American International Group Inc. $100,000 for deceptive marketing and ordered it to refund money to those who bought policies.

At least 1,500 Minnesotans bought the "Essential Health" plans from the National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, a unit of AIG based in New York.

The Essential Health plans included accident and sickness insurance as well as medical discounts. However, they were not approved for sale by the Minnesota Commerce Department and did not meet state requirements.

"Medical discount plans are not health insurance policies and shouldn't be marketed as such," Manny Munson-Regala, deputy commerce commissioner, said Monday.

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