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Warnings Issued About Health Care Scammers

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September 12, 2013 — The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosiers about a spike in health insurance scams ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:

The Indiana Department of Insurance says it’s seeing a significant increase in reported insurance scams. The Federal Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act becomes available for consumers to access October 1st. And department spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says scammers are taking advantage of confusion surrounding the federal healthcare law to obtain Social Security, credit card and bank account numbers. Rosebrough says one of the signs a scammer’s phone call isn’t legitimate is the phone call itself – representatives of the federal marketplace won’t be calling people to sell insurance:

A salesperson says that this premium offer that they’re giving them over the phone is only good for a very limited time – well I can guarantee it’s not anything dealing with the Federal Insurance Marketplace because that enrollment period is open until March 31st of 2014.”

And Rosebrough says people should never give out personal or financial information over the phone. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.

 

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