Don’t Be a Target for Obamacare Scams

Since open enrollment started in October, there has been an increasing number of complaints from consumers about deceptive sales practices and identity theft due to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Many of these scams target the elderly, ranging from phone calls to a knock at the door, with the person stating they represent the government and asking for personal information to use for identity theft purposes.  Some con artists are charging a fee to provide “help” navigating the Affordable Care Act, which is in strict violation of the Affordable Care Act.

How do you make sure that you are not a target of a scam and end up revealing personal identification to someone who says they are able to assist you enroll in a Covered California health plan?

There are three types of individuals or entities that are certified by the state exchange to assist consumers apply for health insurance.  They are Enrollment Counselors, Agents and County Human Services Agencies.  You can verify that the individual or entity is certified by the state by visiting Covered California’s enrollment assistance page if in doubt.  Upon request, the individual is required to provide you with their identification number or license number.







AUTHOR - Ali Nagy