Would-be hackers, scam artists and fraudsters who would try to take advantage of vulnerable people as the new health insurance marketplaces open will encounter layers of tough security at every level, senior Obama administration officials said following a joint meeting Wednesday.
With just 11 days remaining until the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace opens, officials from the White House, Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and Department of Health and Human Services took assertive steps to reassure the public that their personal information will be secure and the federal government’s consumer fraud defenses robust.
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HEALTH MARKETPLACE TIPS
- Be suspicious if someone tries to collect a fee to help with insurance enrollment. Navigators and certified application counselors don’t do that.
- People who have Medicare cannot buy a marketplace plan and shouldn’t be sold one. Medicare Advantage open enrollment is a different process and doesn’t begin until Oct. 15.
- Visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to find a navigator or to report fraud. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.