Police Warn of Affordable Care Act Scams

obamacare scamsMEDFORD, Ore. — Open enrollment for the federal government’s Affordable Care Act is underway, and with it, a lot of confusion as to who’s eligible, whose options have changed, and what they need to do.

As if the Affordable Care Act wasn’t confusing enough already, scam artists are trying to take advantage of you. The Medford Police Department has just released some tips to help you stay clear of these scams.

First, they say the government will not call you, they will not send you an email, nor will they come to your door to sign you up for insurance.

Second, if you are signing up online, be careful. Medford Police say some scammers have set up very convincing websites. It’s something national groups are warning about as well.

“Emails that appear to be from your exchange, or some government official. You open them, you click on a link, and that could install malware on your computer, or take you to a bogus exchange site,” explained James Quiggle, with the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.

Medford Police says also be aware: there is no such thing as an “Obamacare Card” or “Affordable Health Care Card”. If you are offered a card, it is a scam.

For legitimate information concerning the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance exchanges, go to Healthcare.gov, the federal portal for Obamacare with links to the state exchanges, or call the federal toll-free hotline: 800-318-2596.