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Health plans fraudulently offered before law changes

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Buyer beware, Whistleblower Updated: July 8, 2013 - 2:29 PM

Watch out for scammers selling health care before it's actually available.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers are being contacted with offers to sign up for discounted health care through the Health Insurance Marketplace, a feature of the Affordable Care Act.

But enrollment through the Marketplace doesn't begin until October 1. Scammers are just trying to get consumers to "give up money or personal information. Scammers want to get to you before you have time to think," the FTC said.

Colleague Jackie Crosby wrote about the state's efforts to get its MNsure exchange up and running by October 1.

The Commission urges consumers to let them know about any such attempts to sell you insurance. You can file a complaint by clicking here.

If you would like more information about the upcoming changes under the Act, click here.

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