Iowa Attorney General Warns of Potential Health Care Scams
By Brady Smith, Anchor/Reporter
WATERLOO, Iowa - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says scam artists are taking advantage of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, by offering bogus health plans to unwitting victims.
Miller said in a news conference on Wednesday that his department has received reports of companies advertising plans that meet the requirements to qualify under the ACA's Health Insurance Marketplace.
"Some of these advertisements that we're looking into, which may be broadcast or printed, might trick consumers into thinking that the discount plans are something they're really not," Miller said. "They may even use terms, such as 'health coverage' or 'Obamacare' to help make the pitch."
But, Miller added, they're not qualified health insurance plans. He wants Iowans to be weary of unsolicited phone calls requesting personal information, such as credit card or social security numbers. If you're unsure, the safest thing to do is hang up.
If you think you are dealing with a potential scammer, you can call the Iowa Insurance Division at 1-877-955-1212, or the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-888-777-4590.
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