October 1, 2013
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane warns of potential scams and fraud with Affordable Care Act rollout
HARRISBURG - With millions of consumers seeking health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is reminding Pennsylvanians to protect their personal information during the open enrollment period, which could bring with it a rise in financial, medical or insurance identity theft scams.
Open enrollment in Federal Health Insurance Marketplace plans begins today for people who buy their own health coverage or who are medically uninsured. Consumers have until December 15 to enroll for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.
The Office of Attorney General will monitor the rollout to look for patterns in consumer complaints and issue consumer alerts accordingly, and offers the following tips to help Pennsylvanians avoid handing over sensitive, personal information to the wrong person:
Pennsylvanians who believe they have been victimized by a rollout-related scam can file a complaint with the Office of Attorney General by calling the Health Care Section's toll-free hotline, 1-877-888-4877, or by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov.
The toll-free number for the marketplace is 1-800-318-2596 and the website is www.healthcare.gov. The website also is available in Spanish at www.cuidadodesalud.gov.
NOTE: Websites with the same name but that end with .com, .org, .net, and so forth are not the legitimate site created by the federal government for ACA. While consumers may be able to obtain coverage through these non-government sources under ACA, they may not be eligible for tax credits and/or subsidies.
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