The Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Monica Lindeen, announced Thursday that 2012 was a record year for recovery for insurance consumers.

Spokesman Lucas Hamilton said the Commissioners office has intervened on behalf of consumers with insurance companies, and those actions have resulted in over $5 million dollars being returned.

Hamilton said that the Commissioners office has the legal authority as a law enforcement agency to take action against insurance companies on behalf of consumers.

Hamilton said by far, the largest number of consumer complaints came from dealing with health insurance companies.

Lindeen spokesman Lucas Hamilton