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Health Insurance Scams On The Rise In Indiana

Health Insurance scams are on the rise and the Indiana Department of Insurance warns Hoosiers to distrust phone calls asking for personal information.

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Insurance fraud is on the rise as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act approaches.

The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosiers about a spike in health insurance scams ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation.

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,” Rosebrough said. “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.”

Rosebrough says people should never give out personal or financial information over the phone.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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